Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?

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.

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

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

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 activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

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

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

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

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?

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

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

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?

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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?

A game for 2 players with similaritlies to NIM. Place one counter on each spot on the games board. Players take it is turns to remove 1 or 2 adjacent counters. The winner picks up the last counter.

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.