Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
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?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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 task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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?
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?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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.
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
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.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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.
How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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 animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?