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?

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?

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.

Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

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?

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

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?

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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

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?

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?

Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?

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

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

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

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?

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

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

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

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.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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?

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

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

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

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

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?