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

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

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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?

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

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

Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?

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 find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

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

Can you find sets of sloping lines that enclose a square?

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

Take a look at the multiplication square. The first eleven triangle numbers have been identified. Can you see a pattern? Does the pattern continue?

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

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.

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?

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

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

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?

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

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4

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

Think of a number, add one, double it, take away 3, add the number you first thought of, add 7, divide by 3 and take away the number you first thought of. You should now be left with 2. How do I. . . .

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?

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

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

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

You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

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

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

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

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.

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

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

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

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

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.

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 article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...

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

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?