Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
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.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
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?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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 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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
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?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
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?
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.
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?