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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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. . . .

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.