This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
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.
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
Follow the clues to find the mystery number.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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.
In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?
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.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
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?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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....?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.