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.

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?

Which of these games would you play to give yourself the best possible chance of winning a prize?

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. The Greedy Algorithm might provide us with an efficient way of doing this.

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

Chris and Jo put two red and four blue ribbons in a box. They each pick a ribbon from the box without looking. Jo wins if the two ribbons are the same colour. Is the game fair?

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

A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

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.

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

Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

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?

The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?

A plastic funnel is used to pour liquids through narrow apertures. What shape funnel would use the least amount of plastic to manufacture for any specific volume ?

Some people offer advice on how to win at games of chance, or how to influence probability in your favour. Can you decide whether advice is good or not?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

A spider is sitting in the middle of one of the smallest walls in a room and a fly is resting beside the window. What is the shortest distance the spider would have to crawl to catch the fly?

Rectangle PQRS has X and Y on the edges. Triangles PQY, YRX and XSP have equal areas. Prove X and Y divide the sides of PQRS in the golden ratio.

A circle of radius r touches two sides of a right angled triangle, sides x and y, and has its centre on the hypotenuse. Can you prove the formula linking x, y and r?

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

What angle is needed for a ball to do a circuit of the billiard table and then pass through its original position?

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.

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

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?

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?

Which has the greatest area, a circle or a square inscribed in an isosceles, right angle triangle?

Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

A circle is inscribed in a triangle which has side lengths of 8, 15 and 17 cm. What is the radius of the circle?

Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second. . . .

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

A napkin is folded so that a corner coincides with the midpoint of an opposite edge . Investigate the three triangles formed .

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

A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

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?

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?

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

Explore when it is possible to construct a circle which just touches all four sides of a quadrilateral.

What is the same and what is different about these circle questions? What connections can you make?

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

If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

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?

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?

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?

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.

What is the area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it out.

Start with two numbers. This is the start of a sequence. The next number is the average of the last two numbers. Continue the sequence. What will happen if you carry on for ever?