If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

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.

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?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

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

The area of a square inscribed in a circle with a unit radius is, satisfyingly, 2. What is the area of a regular hexagon inscribed in a circle with a unit radius?

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy. Players aim to make two `tricks', where each trick has to consist of a picture of a shape, a name that describes that shape, and. . . .

Many numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers. For example, 15=7+8 and 10=1+2+3+4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed in this way?

What is the greatest volume you can get for a rectangular (cuboid) parcel if the maximum combined length and girth are 2 metres?

Find a cuboid (with edges of integer values) that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?

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

How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

There are four children in a family, two girls, Kate and Sally, and two boys, Tom and Ben. How old are the children?

Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

Five children went into the sweet shop after school. There were choco bars, chews, mini eggs and lollypops, all costing under 50p. Suggest a way in which Nathan could spend all his money.

Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?

Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .

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?

Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

Explore the effect of reflecting in two parallel mirror lines.

There is a particular value of x, and a value of y to go with it, which make all five expressions equal in value, can you find that x, y pair ?

Substitute -1, -2 or -3, into an algebraic expression and you'll get three results. Is it possible to tell in advance which of those three will be the largest ?

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?

In 15 years' time my age will be the square of my age 15 years ago. Can you work out my age, and when I had other special birthdays?

Triangle ABC is isosceles while triangle DEF is equilateral. Find one angle in terms of the other two.

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Start with two numbers. This is the start of a sequence. The next number is the average of the last two numbers. Continue the sequence. What will happen if you carry on for ever?

Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

Can you find rectangles where the value of the area is the same as the value of the perimeter?

Two motorboats travelling up and down a lake at constant speeds leave opposite ends A and B at the same instant, passing each other, for the first time 600 metres from A, and on their return, 400. . . .

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

Manufacturers need to minimise the amount of material used to make their product. What is the best cross-section for a gutter?

Show that is it impossible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units...

In a three-dimensional version of noughts and crosses, how many winning lines can you make?

Can you find the area of a parallelogram defined by two vectors?

The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?

Explore the effect of combining enlargements.

There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

A decorator can buy pink paint from two manufacturers. What is the least number he would need of each type in order to produce different shades of pink.

If it takes four men one day to build a wall, how long does it take 60,000 men to build a similar wall?

Can you see how to build a harmonic triangle? Can you work out the next two rows?

Is it always possible to combine two paints made up in the ratios 1:x and 1:y and turn them into paint made up in the ratio a:b ? Can you find an efficent way of doing this?

What is the area of the quadrilateral APOQ? Working on the building blocks will give you some insights that may help you to work it out.