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?

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

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

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

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

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

What would be the smallest number of moves needed to move a Knight from a chess set from one corner to the opposite corner of a 99 by 99 square board?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle 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?

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?

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

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

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

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

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?

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?

Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?

It's easy to work out the areas of most squares that we meet, but what if they were tilted?

If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.

This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.

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

Can you work out how to win this game of Nim? Does it matter if you go first or second?

Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?

A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?

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

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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

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

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

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?

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

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.

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

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

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

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

What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?

Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Can you find sets of sloping lines that enclose a square?

When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...

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?

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

Start with any number of counters in any number of piles. 2 players take it in turns to remove any number of counters from a single pile. The winner is the player to take the last counter.

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.