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

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

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

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?

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!

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?

This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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!

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

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. . . .

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?

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.

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?

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

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?

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

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

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 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?

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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 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?

At the beginning of May Tom put his tomato plant outside. On the same day he sowed a bean in another pot. When will the two be the same height?

Can you work out how many flowers there will be on the Amazing Splitting Plant after it has been growing for six weeks?

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

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

How have the numbers been placed in this Carroll diagram? Which labels would you put on each row and column?

Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

There were 22 legs creeping across the web. How many flies? How many spiders?

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

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

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

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.

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?