This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
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?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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 make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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. . . .
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....?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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.
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?
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?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
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?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If
the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which
stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?