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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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 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!

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

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.

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?

This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.

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

Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?

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?

Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?

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

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

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

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

A game for 2 players. Set out 16 counters in rows of 1,3,5 and 7. Players take turns to remove any number of counters from a row. The player left with the last counter looses.

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?

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

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

This article for primary teachers discusses how we can help learners generalise and prove, using NRICH tasks as examples.

These tasks give learners chance to generalise, which involves identifying an underlying structure.