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?

Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

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

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

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

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

In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

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

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

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.

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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.

Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what happens?

In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?

Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

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

Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

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

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

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.

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 × 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . .

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

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

It would be nice to have a strategy for disentangling any tangled ropes...

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

The Egyptians expressed all fractions as the sum of different unit fractions. Here is a chance to explore how they could have written different fractions.

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?