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?

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?

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?

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?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

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?

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?

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

Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?

You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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 greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a 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.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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....?

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?

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

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

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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

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

An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

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?

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

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.

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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?

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?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

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

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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

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?

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.

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.