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

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

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and between the two 3's there are three digits.

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?

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

A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

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

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

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 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 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.

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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.

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

If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?

Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?

Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?

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

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?

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

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

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?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

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

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

Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?

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.

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 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?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.