Wild Maths - explore, imagine, experiment, create!

Mathematics is a creative subject. It involves spotting patterns, making connections, and finding new ways of looking at things. Creative mathematicians play with ideas, draw pictures, have the courage to experiment and ask good questions.


Wild Maths is a collection of mathematical games, activities and stories, encouraging you to think creatively. We've picked out some of our favourites below - have a go at anything that catches your eye. If you want to explore games, challenges and investigations linked by some shared mathematical areas, click on the Pathways link in the top menu.

Creating Squares

Can you create a complete square before the computer? Play the interactive game and see if you can find a winning strategy.

Play to Win - Got It!

Can you find a winning strategy for each of these games. Can you see how they are linked?

Factors and Multiples Chain

Each number you choose must be a factor or multiple of the last. What's the longest chain you can make?

Who's Who?

Given a network diagram showing a friendship group, can you work out who's who?

Geometry Journeys

What can you discover by simply folding and cutting paper?

Pairwise Adding

Choose a few numbers and add them up in pairs. You'll be surprised how much there is to discover...

Charlie's Delightful Machine

Play with our interactive machine and see if you can work out how to switch each light on. Is there a way to turn on all four lights at once?

'How to Solve Equations'

Watch this talk by Dr Vicky Neale as she explores some equations, and covers some highlights from the rich history of number theory along the way.