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.
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.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
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....?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
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.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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 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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.