# Resources tagged with: Counters

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There are 25 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Counters, you may find related items under Physical and Digital Manipulatives.

Broad Topics > Physical and Digital Manipulatives > Counters

### How Many?

##### Age 5 to 7Challenge Level

This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?

### Square Corners

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

##### Age 5 to 7Challenge Level

If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

### Bracelets

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?

### Lower Primary Games Using Counters

##### Age 5 to 7

Here are some lower primary games which use counters.

### Upper Primary Games Using Counters

##### Age 7 to 11

Here are some games which use counters.

### Take Some ... Counters

##### Age 5 to 11

This article for primary teachers outlines how using counters can support mathematical teaching and learning.

### More Activities Using Counters

##### Age 5 to 11

An article for teachers which first appeared in the MA's Equals journal, featuring activities which use counters.

### Nutty Mixture

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Use the ratio of cashew nuts to peanuts to find out how many peanuts Rachel has. What would the ratio be if Rachel and Marianne mixed their bags?

### Building Patterns

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

### Making Shapes

##### Age 5 to 7Challenge Level

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?

### Chocs, Mints, Jellies

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

### Eight Queens

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

### Tandems

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

A fun game for two. You'll need some counters.

### Traffic Lights

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

The game uses a 3x3 square board. 2 players take turns to play, either placing a red on an empty square, or changing a red to orange, or orange to green. The player who forms 3 of 1 colour in a line. . . .

### Rocco's Race

##### Age 7 to 11 ShortChallenge Level

Rocco ran in a 200 m race for his class. Use the information to find out how many runners there were in the race and what Rocco's finishing position was.

### Two Dots

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

### Make Pairs

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

### Teddy Bear Line-up

##### Age 5 to 7Challenge Level

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

### Three Way Mix Up

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

### Three by Three

##### Age 5 to 11Challenge Level

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

### Counting Counters

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

### Counter Ideas

##### Age 7 to 11Challenge Level

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.