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. . . .
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they
ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?"
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine
different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just
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?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out
what the coins are?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make
all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
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?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in
diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1
... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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.
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. . . .
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?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten 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.
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.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits
to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What
could my number be?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
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 few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
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.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on
wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works
using the table of the alphabet?
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?
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.