Exploring the structure of a number square: how quickly can you put the number tiles in the right place on the grid?
Dotty Six game for an adult and child. Will you be the first to have three sixes in a straight line?
Dotty Six is a simple dice game that you can adapt in many ways.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Play this game to learn about adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers
Try out some calculations. Are you surprised by the results?
This is an adding game for two players.
Watch our videos of multiplication methods that you may not have met before. Can you make sense of them?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Think of a two digit number, reverse the digits, and add the numbers together. Something special happens...
The items in the shopping basket add and multiply to give the same amount. What could their prices be?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Imagine a very strange bank account where you are only allowed to do two things...
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Can you picture how to order the cards to reproduce Charlie's card trick for yourself?
An introductory video to the Probability and Evidence collection
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Take a look at the video showing squares and their diagonals...
Take a look at the video showing rhombuses and their diagonals...
Take a look at the video showing squares drawn on dotty grids...
Take a look at the video showing rhombuses drawn on dotty grids...
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Take a look at the video showing areas of different shapes on dotty grids...
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
What do you think is going to happen in this video clip? Are you surprised?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
The Enigma Project's James Grime has created a video code challenge. Watch it here!
Take a look at the video and try to find a sequence of moves that will untangle the ropes.
Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Video for teachers of a talk given by Dan Meyer in Cambridge in March 2013.
Video showing how to use the Number Plumber
Watch these videos to see how Phoebe, Alice and Luke chose to draw 7 squares. How would they draw 100?
Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
Alf and Tracy explain how the Kingsfield School maths department use common tasks to encourage all students to think mathematically about key areas in the curriculum.
I'm thinking of a rectangle with an area of 24. What could its perimeter be?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
Newspapers said that eating a bacon sandwich every day raises the risk of bowel cancer by 20%. Should you be concerned?