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

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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?

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?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got 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.

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

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?

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

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

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

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

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

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

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 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.

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.

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?

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?

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

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

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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.

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

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

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

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?

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

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

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.

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!

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

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

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.

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?

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