Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of
plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in
each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run
against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with
the planks of different lengths?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Work out how to light up the single light. What's the rule?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
A train building game for 2 players.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases
overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of
his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?