In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules,
to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
You'll need two dice to play this game against a partner. Will Incey Wincey make it to the top of the drain pipe or the bottom of the drain pipe first?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the 100 square?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which
labels would you put on each row and column?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
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?
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!
Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Incey Wincey Spider game for an adult and child. Will Incey get to the top of the drainpipe?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two
ladybirds in every column and every row.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
A game for 1 person to play on screen. Practise your number bonds
whilst improving your memory
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 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.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Use the information about Sally and her brother to find out how many children there are in the Brown family.
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?
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
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?
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no
column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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.