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?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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 for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.
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?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could you make it fair?
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....?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
A train building game for 2 players.
Use the interactivities to complete these Venn diagrams.
These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?
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.
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Can you create a story that would describe the movement of the man shown on these graphs? Use the interactivity to try out our ideas.
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
A simulation of target archery practice
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?