A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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!
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the silhouette of the junk?