How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
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?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
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. . . .
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
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.
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to 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?
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.
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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?
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?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?