What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
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....?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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 work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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.
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?
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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.
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.
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?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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. . . .
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?