Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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 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.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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?
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
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 two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
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.
Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.
How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? 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.
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
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?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
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!
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?