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 find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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....?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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.
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?