This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?

Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

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 asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Well now, what would happen if we lost all the nines in our number system? Have a go at writing the numbers out in this way and have a look at the multiplications table.

How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

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?

Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?

These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?

This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?

Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the right to make it balance?

In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice about the answers?

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.