How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
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 encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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 happens?
Ben’s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
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?
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.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?
Three circles have a maximum of six intersections with each other. What is the maximum number of intersections that a hundred circles could have?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
Put the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 into the squares so that the numbers on each circle add up to the same amount. Can you find the rule for giving another set of six numbers?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?