Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
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?
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.
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
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.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
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?
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?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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 ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
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 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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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 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?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.