Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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.
Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
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 is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. 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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
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.
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 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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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?
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
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.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
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.
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?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
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.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?