Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
A train building game for 2 players.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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!
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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!
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the
same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make
when the circles are different sizes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?