There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

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?

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

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

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

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?

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

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

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

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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?

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?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

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

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.

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.

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?

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

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?

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

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?

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.

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.

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 problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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!

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?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

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

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

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?

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.

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!