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?

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

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

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?

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?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

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.

This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.

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

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.

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

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

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?

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

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?

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'.

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

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.

Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?

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?

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?

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?

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?

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.

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

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

Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?

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

Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?

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?

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

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

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?