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 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?

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

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

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

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

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

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?

Benâ€™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?

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

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

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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.

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

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.

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

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