Use Excel to explore multiplication of fractions.

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

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 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?

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?

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.

Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Two engines, at opposite ends of a single track railway line, set off towards one another just as a fly, sitting on the front of one of the engines, sets off flying along the railway 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.

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

Can you beat the computer in the challenging strategy game?

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....?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

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 game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation

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.

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. . . .

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.

A game for two people that can be played with pencils and paper. Combine your knowledge of coordinates with some strategic thinking.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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.

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?

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.

Can you spot the similarities between this game and other games you know? The aim is to choose 3 numbers that total 15.

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.

A red square and a blue square overlap so that the corner of the red square rests on the centre of the blue square. Show that, whatever the orientation of the red square, it covers a quarter of the. . . .

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 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.

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.

Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.

Can you find a relationship between the number of dots on the circle and the number of steps that will ensure that all points are hit?

A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!

Use this animation to experiment with lotteries. Choose how many balls to match, how many are in the carousel, and how many draws to make at once.

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?

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?

A simple spinner that is equally likely to land on Red or Black. Useful if tossing a coin, dropping it, and rummaging about on the floor have lost their appeal. Needs a modern browser; if IE then at. . . .

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?

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.

The 2012 primary advent calendar features twenty-four of our posters, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas.