Have a go at this game which has been inspired by the Big Internet Math-Off 2019. Can you gain more columns of lily pads than your opponent?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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?
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.
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?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
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 many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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?
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.
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....?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.