Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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 NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
In this article, the NRICH team describe the process of selecting solutions for publication on the site.
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
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?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.
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?