What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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!
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
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 for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design. Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two different types of triangle?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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?
A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?
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?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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....?
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?
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.
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 about investigating whether it is possible to start at one vertex of a platonic solid and visit every other vertex once only returning to the vertex you started at.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
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.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.
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. . . .
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 two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
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.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Two circles of equal radius touch at P. One circle is fixed whilst the other moves, rolling without slipping, all the way round. How many times does the moving coin revolve before returning to P?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
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.
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?