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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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 together?
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
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?
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?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
A Sudoku with a twist.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.