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.
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.
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
You have been given nine weights, one of which is slightly heavier than the rest. Can you work out which weight is heavier in just two weighings of the balance?
An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
This is a variation of sudoku which contains a set of special clue-numbers. Each set of 4 small digits stands for the numbers in the four cells of the grid adjacent to this set.
A Sudoku with a twist.
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
Four numbers on an intersection that need to be placed in the surrounding cells. That is all you need to know to solve this sudoku.
Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.
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?
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?
A Sudoku with a twist.
My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
A Sudoku with clues as ratios or fractions.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
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 as ratios.
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
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?
Charlie and Abi put a counter on 42. They wondered if they could visit all the other numbers on their 1-100 board, moving the counter using just these two operations: x2 and -5. What do you think?
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
A few extra challenges set by some young NRICH members.
Bellringers have a special way to write down the patterns they ring. Learn about these patterns and draw some of your own.
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?
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.
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.
Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This Sudoku combines all four arithmetic operations.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Each clue in this Sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.
A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.