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

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

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.

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

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.

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

Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.

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.

If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?

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.

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

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.

An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"

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

Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.

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?

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

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

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

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

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 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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?

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

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.

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.

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

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

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

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

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