Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
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?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
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.
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.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
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....?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
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?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?