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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

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

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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....?

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

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?

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

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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 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.

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.