A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

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?

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?

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?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

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?

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.

You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?

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

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

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

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.

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.

Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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

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?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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

If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?

Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Whenever a monkey has peaches, he always keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long could he make his peaches last for?

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?

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

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

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?

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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?

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

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

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?

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?