Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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?

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?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

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?

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?

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

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.

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

A game for 2 players with similaritlies 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.

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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 focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

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 aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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?

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?

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

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?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

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?

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?

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.