An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

Find at least one way to put in some operation signs (+ - x ÷) to make these digits come to 100.

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.

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?

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

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

A car's milometer reads 4631 miles and the trip meter has 173.3 on it. How many more miles must the car travel before the two numbers contain the same digits in the same order?

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

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?

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?

The clues for this Sudoku are the product of the numbers in adjacent squares.

Use the differences to find the solution to this Sudoku.

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

Sissa cleverly asked the King for a reward that sounded quite modest but turned out to be rather large...

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .

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?

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...

There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ?

Can you arrange these numbers into 7 subsets, each of three numbers, so that when the numbers in each are added together, they make seven consecutive numbers?

Can you guarantee that, for any three numbers you choose, the product of their differences will always be an even number?