Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below 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.
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....?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
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?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
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?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
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.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
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 task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.