Mathematical Memory Activities

Mathematical memory games and more…

Mathematics, Learning and Technology

Develop your memory TransumA Back to School collection of activities from Transum Mathematics was a reminder of many activities I like and a source of some new discoveries. Looking at the Develop Your Memory suggestions, I noted Number Recall something which I think I’ll try with Year 7 when we look at Statistics. It is often said that the average person can remember 7 digit numbers; the Transum activity allows a choice of the number of digits so we’ll see how good our memories are! I rather like the Kim’s Game activity here too which led me to a collection of Kim’s Games on Transum including Angle Theorem Kim’s Game, something to try perhaps when reviewing Circle Theorems.

Transum Kim's Game Transum Mathematics – Angle Theorem Kim’s Game

Venn Diagram PairsIn fact, Transum has a whole collection of memory activities, the collection includes the various Kim’s game activities and many more. There are several pairs games…

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Nrich Games

There are many recommendations for Nrich games on the pages of this site.

Some of the games chosen by Nrich

Some of the games chosen by Nrich

Note this selection of Games chosen by Nrich themselves, Secondary Interactive Resources which have been chosen for use in the computer room or on the whiteboard. The games are presented in order of difficulty; we have Countdown for example, but with Complex Numbers, Vectors and Matrices.

black-box-nrichThe Black Box Game requires some thinking outside the box!

More Lovely Puzzles!

To highlight some great puzzles…

Mathematics, Learning and Technology

A consistently popular post on this blog is ‘Lovely Puzzles‘ which has links to many puzzle sites which include mathematical puzzles. This seems a good time of year to investigate some of these further. A good puzzle for Christmas Eve perhaps (or any day!) would be ‘Make 24’.

Make 24 (1)

Can you make 24? You must use all the numbers once and you are allowed the four operations and brackets.
(Further information and solutions for Make 24 and other Number puzzles are listed on the Number page on Mathematics Games). Number puzzles like this can make excellent starters.

Other possibilities for puzzle-type lesson starters come from Erich Friedman who has a variety of Mathematical Puzzles; try his Weird Calculator Puzzles for example or these Number Formation Puzzles both of which would make ideal ‘Bell Work‘.

Untangle - Simon Tatham
Another great collection comes from Simon Tatham, I have been enjoying…

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Transum Maths Puzzles

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Select Image for Transum’s Pu Wiange puzzle

I couldn’t resist this counter moving challenge – happy to report that I scored 20! Evidence in the image!
Pu Wiang

Update: 19 is the new record!Transum Pu Wiang Trophy

You can try more puzzles from Transum here.

There are plenty to try, all are attractively presented and easy to use. Fun to do but these puzzles will help students practise a variety of mathematical skills.

Some of these puzzles would make good lesson starters, for example the Magic Square puzzle or Prime Square.

Note – this has been added to the Puzzles page.



Play with the wonderful Spirograph!

Mathematics for Students

Spirograph by Nathan Friend Spirograph by Nathan Friend

As a child my Spirograph was definitely a favourite toy so I was delighted to find this digital version, Inspirograph by Nathan Friend. Try altering the gears so that the fixed and rotating gear are the same size, or make one size a factor of the other, make the two sizes have a common factor, or not! Investigate.

You can change the colours too and create a work of Art!

For some more Spirograph resources including from the awesome Desmos graphing calculator see this post.


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