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

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?

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

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?

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?

In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?

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!

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

Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.

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

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

Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.

Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?

Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.

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?

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

Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?

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

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?

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

Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?

Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.

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?

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

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.

"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 ...?

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

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

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?

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?

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

If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

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.

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?

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.

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?

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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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

Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

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

Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.

Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?