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.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
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.
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at 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.
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.
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?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
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?
Are these statements 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.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
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 focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
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?
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?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.