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

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

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

Four bags contain a large number of 1s, 3s, 5s and 7s. Pick any ten numbers from the bags above so that their total is 37.

Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?

Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.

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

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 could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

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

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

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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.

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?

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

If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

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

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

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

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

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

Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 × 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . .

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

The diagram shows a 5 by 5 geoboard with 25 pins set out in a square array. Squares are made by stretching rubber bands round specific pins. What is the total number of squares that can be made on a. . . .

A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

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?

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

Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

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?

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?

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.

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?

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

Problem solving is at the heart of the NRICH site. All the problems give learners opportunities to learn, develop or use mathematical concepts and skills. Read here for more information.