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.

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

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?

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

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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.

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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

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.

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?

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?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

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

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?

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?

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

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?

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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