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 ...?
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?
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
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?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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 challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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!
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?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
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.
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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?
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?
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 centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
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?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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.
The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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?