An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
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.
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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.
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16
pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these
pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one
solution in each case?
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the
numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
How many different journeys could you make if you were going to
visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five
stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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 practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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....?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?