Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
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.
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.