A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
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. . . .
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.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
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
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?
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?"
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 package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH
website that could be suitable for students who have a good
understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take
on some. . . .
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has
taken? What does each face look like?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the
jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.