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?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
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.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
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.
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.
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
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.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
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?
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....?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
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 put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 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.
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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.