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

Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

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

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

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

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?

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

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

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

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

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

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.

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each other. How could they do it?

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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?

Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

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 is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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?

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

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

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.

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

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

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

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?