Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
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 focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
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?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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?
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.
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?