Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

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

Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?

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

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

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?

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

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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?

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.

This Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?

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

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.

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

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 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?

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

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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?

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.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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

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?

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?

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

Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

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.

Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can you make? Convince us you have found them all.

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

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

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

This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

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

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?

In this Sudoku, there are three coloured "islands" in the 9x9 grid. Within each "island" EVERY group of nine cells that form a 3x3 square must contain the numbers 1 through 9.