Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
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?
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 practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
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.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
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?
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?
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
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?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios.
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
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?
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?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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.
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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 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?
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.