Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a 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....?
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
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.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
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?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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.
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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?
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.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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 task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?