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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
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.
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?
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?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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.
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 all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.