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Watch the Clock

Age 7 to 11
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During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?

Home Time

Age 7 to 11
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Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.

Wonky Watches

Age 7 to 11
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Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.

5 on the Clock

Age 7 to 11
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On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?

Colour in the Square

Age 7 to 16
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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?

How Many Times?

Age 7 to 11
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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.?

Nine-pin Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Junior Frogs

Age 5 to 11
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Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Order the Changes

Age 7 to 11
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Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

A Child Is Full of ...

Age 7 to 11 Short
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My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?

Quadrilaterals

Age 7 to 11
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How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

More Transformations on a Pegboard

Age 7 to 11
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Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Arrangements

Age 7 to 11
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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....?

Geoboards

Age 7 to 11
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This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

Jigsaw Pieces

Age 7 to 11
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How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

Coded Hundred Square

Age 7 to 11
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This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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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?

How Long Does it Take?

Age 7 to 11
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How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?

Square Corners

Age 7 to 11
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What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

Shunting Puzzle

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Single Track

Age 7 to 11
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What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

Triangles All Around

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

A Square of Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Maths Trails

Age 7 to 14

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.

Difference

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Magic Potting Sheds

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

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?

Games Related to Nim

Age 5 to 16

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.

More Magic Potting Sheds

Age 11 to 16
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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?

Calendar Sorting

Age 7 to 11
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The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?

Number Sandwiches

Age 7 to 14
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Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?

Ladybird Box

Age 5 to 11
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Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

Open Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Window Frames

Age 5 to 14
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This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.

Palindromic Date

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?

Peg and Pin Boards

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.

Three Way Mix Up

Age 5 to 11
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Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

Four Triangles Puzzle

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Latin Lilies

Age 7 to 14
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In this game you are challenged to gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent.

Display Boards

Age 7 to 11
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Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

Teddy Town

Age 5 to 14
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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?

All the Digits

Age 7 to 11
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This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

Fence It

Age 11 to 14
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If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

The Pet Graph

Age 7 to 11
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Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

Dodecamagic

Age 7 to 11
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Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Isosceles Triangles

Age 11 to 14
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Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Factor Lines

Age 7 to 14
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Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

Folded Number Line

Age 7 to 11
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When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.

Twin Corresponding Sudokus II

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

More on Mazes

Age 7 to 14

There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.

Roll These Dice

Age 7 to 11
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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?