Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.
A game for 2 players with similarities to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
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.
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?