If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your
calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add,
subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
There are three versions of this challenge. The idea is to change the colour of all the spots on the grid. Can you do it in fewer throws of the dice?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number
using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
A variant on the game Alquerque
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
An odd version of tic tac toe
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .