Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What
number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to
dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
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 article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?
In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers
and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?