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.

Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.

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

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?

A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

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.

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

A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.

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 trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

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 interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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

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 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.

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?

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

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

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....?

Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?

A package contains a set of resources designed to develop students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is designed to meet. . . .

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.

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

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

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?

Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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

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?

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?

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.