Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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

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

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

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

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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

This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?

What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

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?

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

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

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

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?