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?
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....?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
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.
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 shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
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?
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?