If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe
the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
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?
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there
are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that
has four odds between them?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is
the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images
help to explain this?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What
number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to
dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
For this challenge, you'll need to play Got It! Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths.
Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
Try adding together the dates of all the days in one week. Now
multiply the first date by 7 and add 21. Can you explain what
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these
three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How
about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you
can predict what will happen.
In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that
cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can
make? And the greatest?
A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.
We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they
usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many
altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?