What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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 task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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....?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
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 find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
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.
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?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
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.?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
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 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.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
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?
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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?
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.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?