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?
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?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
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.
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
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.
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
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?
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?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
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.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.