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. . . .
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a
product consisting entirely of ones.
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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?"
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?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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 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. . . .
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?
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.
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the
animal names under each column in the block graph using the
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?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other
numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel
along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the
shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next
to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M.
What order were they in?
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the
outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you
find for me to take?
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks
and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they