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.
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?
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?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
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....?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
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.
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.