Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
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.
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
A Sudoku with a twist.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
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.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .
This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?