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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
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?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
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.
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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.
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.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.