Pupils are encouraged to continue their learning during the holidays. Research indicates that by the end of the long summer holiday pupils perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring.
Here are some suggestions for activities that will keep children thinking mathematically while having fun and
learning new skills.
Click on an activity to see the resources that are free to use either alone or with parents and friends.
A collection of activities to help you learn your times tables in only 5 days.
How fast can you answer times table questions? This activity provides feedback to help you improve.
Practise your times tables with this self-checking multiplication grid
Interactive number-based logic puzzles similar to those featuring in daily newspapers.
Interactive, randomly-generated, number-based logic puzzle designed to develop numeracy skills.
An online, interactive version of the popular number placing puzzle.
A collection of magical tricks that are based on Mathematics
An amazing mind reading performance based on simple mathematical principles.
Each row, column and diagonal should produce the same sum.
An adventure game requiring students to solve puzzles as they move through the old mansion.
A mini adventure game containing maths puzzles and problems. Find your way through the maze of tunnels to find Goldberg's magic harpsicord.
Mathematical questions with five possible answers. If you get 20 correct you can add your own question to the database.
A game of buying and selling property with maths questions thrown in for good measure.
An online board game for two players involving prime and square numbers and making choices.
A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower.
The traditional memory game played with mathematical statements.
The traditional pairs or Pelmanism game requiring the ability to recognise some of the great mathematicians.
Memorise eight pictures made up of geometrical shapes then sort them into order.
Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from groups of objects. Whoever takes the last object wins.
A game, a puzzle and a challenge involving counters being placed at the corners of a square on a grid.
A strategy game. Play against the computer to select three numbers that add up to 15.
Can you make a kite shape from a single A4 size sheet of paper using only three folds?
Practical mathematical skills are required to work out how to construct these three dimensional items from paper.
Use the pieces of the tangram puzzle to make the basic shapes then complete the table showing which shapes are possible.
An online game for one or two players requiring an ability to estimate angles.
An online darts game for one or two players requiring skill, strategy and mental arithmetic.
Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.
The mathematical version of the classic hangman game. Guess the letters that are contained in the words.
The letters of mathematical words have been mixed up. Can you recognise them?
Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.
Questions about general mathematical facts such as 'What is the name for the longest side of a right angled triangle?'
If '7 D in a W' stands for 7 days in a week, what do you think these mystery numbers are?
59 interesting facts about Mathematics that will surprise, entertain and educate you.
This activity will collect data about your first impressions of some optical illusions. You can then analyse the data to come to your own conclusions.
Don't let your brain be fooled by these geometric optical illusions in this online quiz.
Interpret plans and elevations of three dimensional shapes.
Move the trams to their indicated parking places in the shunting yard as quickly as possible.
Can you get your car out of the very crowded car park by moving other cars forwards or backwards?
Test your timing skills by clicking on the monkeys so that they jump off the cliff at just the right time to land in the boat.
An online version of the Logo programming language with 30 mathematical challenges.
Crack the code by finding out which letters replace the encrypted letters in the text given. There are lots of hints provided about code breaking techniques.
An online interactive jigsaw puzzle of a grid of Roman numerals.
Each visitor to this page has a unique maze constructed for them to find their way through answering mathematical questions on the way.
Find your way through the maze encountering mathematical operations in the correct order to achieve the given total.
Each visitor to this page has a unique maze constructed for them to find their way through answering questions about bearings along the way.
The digital version of the popular fizz buzz game. Press the buzzers if they are factors of the counter.
A one or two player game. The objective is to grab all the multiples of the chosen times table faster than the other player.
Rotate the cogs to catch the flying numbers in the correct sections.
Investigate the properties of the Mystic Rose by using this interactive diagram.
Which polygons tessellate? Which pentominoes tessellate? Drag the shapes onto the canvas to create tessellating patterns and investigate the laws of tessellations.
Remember these mathematical words for their shape and movement.
How many different badges can you make using three different coloured squares put together to make a rectangle?
Throw two dice and multiply the scores. Investigate the different products you can obtain. What about adding? What about using three dice?
Investigate polygons with an area of 4 sq. units. Investigate polygons with other areas.
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