Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
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?
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?
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.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
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?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
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?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?