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

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?

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?

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.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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

Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

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.

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?

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?

Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

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.

Caroline and James pick sets of five numbers. Charlie chooses three of them that add together to make a multiple of three. Can they stop him?

Pick a square within a multiplication square and add the numbers on each diagonal. What do you notice?

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

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?