If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

Number problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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

Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

This train line has two tracks which cross at different points. Can you find all the routes that end at Cheston?

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?