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

There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?

Cherri, Saxon, Mel and Paul are friends. They are all different ages. Can you find out the age of each friend using the information?

You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?

Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?

You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

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?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

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

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!

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

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

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?

There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?

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

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?

Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

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

Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?

Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

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?

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

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

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

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?

Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?

The discs for this game are kept in a flat square box with a square hole for each disc. Use the information to find out how many discs of each colour there are in the box.

In the multiplication calculation, some of the digits have been replaced by letters and others by asterisks. Can you reconstruct the original multiplication?

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

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?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?