This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

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

This article for teachers describes a project which explores thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?

Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?