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 task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.

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.

How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?

An extra constraint means this Sudoku requires you to think in diagonals as well as horizontal and vertical lines and boxes of nine.

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.

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Solve the equations to identify the clue numbers in this Sudoku problem.

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?

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

Imagine a stack of numbered cards with one on top. Discard the top, put the next card to the bottom and repeat continuously. Can you predict the last card?

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.

Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E

Find all the ways of placing the numbers 1 to 9 on a W shape, with 3 numbers on each leg, so that each set of 3 numbers has the same total.

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 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?

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?

A Sudoku that uses transformations as supporting clues.

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.

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

You have twelve weights, one of which is different from the rest. Using just 3 weighings, can you identify which weight is the odd one out, and whether it is heavier or lighter than the rest?

Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.

Mr Smith and Mr Jones are two maths teachers. By asking questions, the answers to which may be right or wrong, Mr Jones is able to find the number of the house Mr Smith lives in... Or not!

By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?

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?

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

in how many ways can you place the numbers 1, 2, 3 … 9 in the nine regions of the Olympic Emblem (5 overlapping circles) so that the amount in each ring is the same?

It is possible to identify a particular card out of a pack of 15 with the use of some mathematical reasoning. What is this reasoning and can it be applied to other numbers of cards?

Can you arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 to make a Number Sandwich?

Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME

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?

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?

Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?

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?

The challenge is to find the values of the variables if you are to solve this Sudoku.

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?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

The puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers which are either placed on the border lines between selected pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid or placed after slash marks on. . . .

A monkey with peaches, keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long can his peaches last?