Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.

Throw the dice and decide whether to double or halve the number. Will you be the first to reach the target?

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.

A game for 2 people. Use your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to blast the asteroids.

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

A game for 2 or more players. Practise your addition and subtraction with the aid of a game board and some dried peas!

There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.

A game for 2 people using a pack of cards Turn over 2 cards and try to make an odd number or a multiple of 3.

Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

Shut the Box game for an adult and child. Can you turn over the cards which match the numbers on the dice?

Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?

Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

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?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

In this game, you can add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers on the dice. Which will you do so that you get to the end of the number line first?

Can you use the numbers on the dice to reach your end of the number line before your partner beats you?

If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?

In this game for two players, the aim is to make a row of four coins which total one dollar.

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.

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.

A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?

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.

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?

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?

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?

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

Woof is a big dog. Yap is a little dog. Emma has 16 dog biscuits to give to the two dogs. She gave Woof 4 more biscuits than Yap. How many biscuits did each dog get?

Sam got into an elevator. He went down five floors, up six floors, down seven floors, then got out on the second floor. On what floor did he get on?

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

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?