A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
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.
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.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Use the clues to colour each square.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and between the two 3's there are three digits.
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 problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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.
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.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
How many possible necklaces can you find? And how do you know you've found them all?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
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.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.