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?

Countries from across the world competed in a sports tournament. Can you devise an efficient strategy to work out the order in which they finished?

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

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?

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?"

A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.

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

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

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

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

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

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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

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?

Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.

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

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

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

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?