Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
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?
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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.
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?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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?
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
A collection of games on the NIM theme
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
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.
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?
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.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?