A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"

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

Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!

Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

Andrew decorated 20 biscuits to take to a party. He lined them up and put icing on every second biscuit and different decorations on other biscuits. How many biscuits weren't decorated?

Find the words hidden inside each of the circles by counting around a certain number of spaces to find each letter in turn.

56 406 is the product of two consecutive numbers. What are these two numbers?

Is it possible to draw a 5-pointed star without taking your pencil off the paper? Is it possible to draw a 6-pointed star in the same way without taking your pen off?

This package contains a collection of problems from the NRICH website that could be suitable for students who have a good understanding of Factors and Multiples and who feel ready to take on some. . . .

Norrie sees two lights flash at the same time, then one of them flashes every 4th second, and the other flashes every 5th second. How many times do they flash together during a whole minute?

What is the lowest number which always leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by each of the numbers from 2 to 10?

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

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. Can you find all the numbers in each set from these clues?

Look at three 'next door neighbours' amongst the counting numbers. Add them together. What do you notice?

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

I am thinking of three sets of numbers less than 101. They are the red set, the green set and the blue set. Can you find all the numbers in the sets from these clues?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

This article for teachers describes how number arrays can be a useful reprentation for many number concepts.

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.

A game for 2 or more people. Starting with 100, subratct a number from 1 to 9 from the total. You score for making an odd number, a number ending in 0 or a multiple of 6.

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?

For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?

Which is quicker, counting up to 30 in ones or counting up to 300 in tens? Why?

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

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

Does a graph of the triangular numbers cross a graph of the six times table? If so, where? Will a graph of the square numbers cross the times table too?

Four of these clues are needed to find the chosen number on this grid and four are true but do nothing to help in finding the number. Can you sort out the clues and find the number?

Katie and Will have some balloons. Will's balloon burst at exactly the same size as Katie's at the beginning of a puff. How many puffs had Will done before his balloon burst?

What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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

Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?

Can you find any perfect numbers? Read this article to find out more...

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

Each light in this interactivity turns on according to a rule. What happens when you enter different numbers? Can you find the smallest number that lights up all four lights?

Becky created a number plumber which multiplies by 5 and subtracts 4. What do you notice about the numbers that it produces? Can you explain your findings?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?

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?

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

In this activity, the computer chooses a times table and shifts it. Can you work out the table and the shift each time?

These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?

Work out Tom's number from the answers he gives his friend. He will only answer 'yes' or 'no'.

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

A game that tests your understanding of remainders.

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?

How can you use just one weighing to find out which box contains the lighter ten coins out of the ten boxes?