Advent Calendar 2011 - a mathematical activity for each day during the run-up to Christmas.

The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

Try to solve this very difficult problem and then study our two suggested solutions. How would you use your knowledge to try to solve variants on the original problem?

You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?

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

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

You are given the Lowest Common Multiples of sets of digits. Find the digits and then solve the Sudoku.

A Latin square of order n is an array of n symbols in which each symbol occurs exactly once in each row and exactly once in each column.

The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

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

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

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

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

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.

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

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?

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

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

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?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

Here is a Sudoku with a difference! Use information about lowest common multiples to help you solve it.

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?

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

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?

We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?

In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.

Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.

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

Can you use your powers of logic and deduction to work out the missing information in these sporty situations?

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

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.

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?