Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

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 is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

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

Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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. . . .

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.

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.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

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.

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

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?

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 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.

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

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?

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

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?

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

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?

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?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

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.

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

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 Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?

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?

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....?

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 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?

What is the relationship between the angle at the centre and the angles at the circumference, for angles which stand on the same arc? Can you prove it?

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

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?

Do you know how to find the area of a triangle? You can count the squares. What happens if we turn the triangle on end? Press the button and see. Try counting the number of units in the triangle now. . . .

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?

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?

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.

How many times in twelve hours do the hands of a clock form a right angle? Use the interactivity to check your answers.

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...

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

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

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