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?
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.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
This train line has two tracks which cross at different points. Can
you find all the routes that end at Cheston?
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.
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.
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
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.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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.
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways
can you find to add two blue carriages?
Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He
can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you
find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no
mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there
more than one way to do it?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a
rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle
pieces could there be?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have
forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an
8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four
shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a
different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be
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?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next
hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What
are the possible paths you could take?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
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. . . .
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There
are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many
different ways can they build their houses?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape