Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

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

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

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 game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

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.

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

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

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. Here is a chance to explore how they could have written different fractions.

Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.

The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 × 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . .

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...

Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?

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

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?