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.

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...

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

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?

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?

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

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

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?"

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?

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

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

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

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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

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

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

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

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.

A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?

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.

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

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

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

This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

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.

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?