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.

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

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

Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?

This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

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.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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

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

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?

This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

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

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.

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?