What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

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?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

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

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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.

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

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.

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

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

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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?

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

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

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

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?

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

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?

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.

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.

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

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

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