An odd version of tic tac toe
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
Play this well-known game against the computer where each player is equally likely to choose scissors, paper or rock. Why not try the variations too?
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?
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?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
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.
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?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
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.
Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.
A game for 2 players that can be played online. Players take it in turns to select a word from the 9 words given. The aim is to select all the occurrences of the same letter.
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
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.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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....?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
The 2012 primary advent calendar features twenty-four of our posters, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
How good are you at estimating angles?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Calculate the fractional amounts of money to match pairs of cards with the same value.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
A train building game for two players. Can you be the one to complete the train?