This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
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?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems
give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical
concepts and skills. Read here for more information.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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....?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5
grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand
point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.