How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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 clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
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.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.
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.
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
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?
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?
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?
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?