Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
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?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
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 asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
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.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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?
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.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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.
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
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?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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.