In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Here is your chance to investigate the number 28 using shapes, cubes ... in fact anything at all.
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
The red ring is inside the blue ring in this picture. Can you rearrange the rings in different ways? Perhaps you can overlap them or put one outside another?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.