A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

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.

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

A package contains a set of resources designed to develop students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is designed to meet. . . .

There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.

This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?