Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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?
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
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?
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...
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?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
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.
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.
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.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
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?
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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?
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
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.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
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?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
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.
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
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.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
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 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?
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?"
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
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?