Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

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?

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

Can you find the chosen number from the grid using the clues?

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?

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