This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

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 article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.

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

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?

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

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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.

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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....?

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.

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.

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

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

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

Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?

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?

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. . . .

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?

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

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

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

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

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

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

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

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

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

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?

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

If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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.

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

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

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

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