Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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?
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?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
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?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
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.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
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.
Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
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?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
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.
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?
A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?
Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
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?
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?
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
A Sudoku with a twist.