In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
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.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?