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.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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 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?

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

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?

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

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

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 Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.

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.

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

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.

Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.

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.

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

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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?

My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

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.

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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

Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

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?

Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

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