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

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

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 you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

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

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?

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?

How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Triangle numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?

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

Imagine a large cube made from small red cubes being dropped into a pot of yellow paint. How many of the small cubes will have yellow paint on their faces?

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

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.

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

Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?

Use the animation to help you work out how many lines are needed to draw mystic roses of different sizes.

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?

Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other. What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles could have?

How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?

Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?

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

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

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

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?

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

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

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

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

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

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

A country has decided to have just two different coins, 3z and 5z coins. Which totals can be made? Is there a largest total that cannot be made? How do you know?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

What size square corners should be cut from a square piece of paper to make a box with the largest possible volume?