Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?
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.
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
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?
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 focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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 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? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
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?
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 always true, sometimes true or never true?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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 put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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?
Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?
Consider all two digit numbers (10, 11, . . . ,99). In writing down all these numbers, which digits occur least often, and which occur most often ? What about three digit numbers, four digit numbers. . . .
Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.
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.
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?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
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?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.
I added together some of my neighbours house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.