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.
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....?
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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 find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
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?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
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?
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?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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.