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

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 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?

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.

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?

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

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?

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.

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...

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.

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

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

A pair of Sudoku puzzles that together lead to a complete solution.

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH website that could be suitable for students who have a good understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take on some. . . .

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.

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

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

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