How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to
place them on the grid.
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be
created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square
lattice paper to record your results.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the
totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
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?
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a
triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word
ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
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.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier
than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two
weighings of the balance?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from
her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by
saying, "Well, how old are they?"
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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 all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
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.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is
between each super-eclipse?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
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.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and
multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the
difference between these products. Why?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many
different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and
the 2 must not touch the table?
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.
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles.
Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4,
5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back