What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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.
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be
on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort
them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we
arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
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
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the
sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the
next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
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?
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?
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes
totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the
different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three
puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?