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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
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?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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.
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?
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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?
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.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
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?
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?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers 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.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Nim-7 game for an adult and child. Who will be the one to take the last counter?
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?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
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.
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?