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?

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

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?

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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?

Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?

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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

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.

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

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?

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?

An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?

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?

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.

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?

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. . . .

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

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.

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

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?

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

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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 ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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 create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?

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

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

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

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?