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.

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

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?

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

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?

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.

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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?

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

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

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

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

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.

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

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?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.