Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

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

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?

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

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

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?

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

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

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?

How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

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

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

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

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.

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

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.

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

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

While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?

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

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

What would be the smallest number of moves needed to move a Knight from a chess set from one corner to the opposite corner of a 99 by 99 square board?

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?

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?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

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

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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

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.

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

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

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?

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

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