Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
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?
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?
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?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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....?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
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.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
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?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
A generic circular pegboard resource.
An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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!
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to the coordinates now?
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends. Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?
Show how this pentagonal tile can be used to tile the plane and describe the transformations which map this pentagon to its images in the tiling.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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?
A train building game for 2 players.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?