Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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 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.
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
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?
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?
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
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?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Can you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had?
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?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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.
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?
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.
These tasks give learners chance to generalise, which involves identifying an underlying structure.
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?
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Florence, Ethan and Alma have each added together two 'next-door' numbers. What is the same about their answers?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?