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.
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.
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.
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?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
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?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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 could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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 find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
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?
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.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?