This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
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?
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....?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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 cover the camel with these pieces?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
An odd version of tic tac toe
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
A variant on the game Alquerque
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Twenty four games for the run-up to Christmas.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Choose four of the numbers from 1 to 9 to put in the squares so that the differences between joined squares are odd.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
Can you make a cycle of pairs that add to make a square number using all the numbers in the box below, once and once only?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Use the clues to colour each square.
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
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?