Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

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?

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

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?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?

Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

What would be the smallest number of moves needed to move a Knight from a chess set from one corner to the opposite corner of a 99 by 99 square board?

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

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

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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.

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?

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.