Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What
are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then
back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the
information to find out how long each road is on the route she
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it
done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where
you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the
European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What
movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of
procedures will help - variables not essential.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are
consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight
and 7 a.m.?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many
times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock
over a whole day?
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.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
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?
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!
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.
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 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?
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. . . .
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?
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. . . .
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of
rabbit there are in these pens?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
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.
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?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape
of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get
from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has
taken? What does each face look like?