What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Find the smallest whole number which, when mutiplied by 7, gives a product consisting entirely of ones.
Can you order the digits from 1-3 to make a number which is divisible by 3 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 2-figure number divisible by 2, and so on?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent pair adds up to a square number?
If you take a three by three square on a 1-10 addition square and multiply the diagonally opposite numbers together, what is the difference between these products. Why?
This Sudoku requires you to do some working backwards before working forwards.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Find the values of the nine letters in the sum: FOOT + BALL = GAME
The puzzle can be solved by finding the values of the unknown digits (all indicated by asterisks) in the squares of the $9\times9$ grid.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
A student in a maths class was trying to get some information from her teacher. She was given some clues and then the teacher ended by saying, "Well, how old are they?"
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Throughout these challenges, the touching faces of any adjacent dice must have the same number. Can you find a way of making the total on the top come to each number from 11 to 18 inclusive?
The letters in the following addition sum represent the digits 1 ... 9. If A=3 and D=2, what number is represented by "CAYLEY"?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
A monkey with peaches, keeps a fraction of them each day, gives the rest away, and then eats one. How long can his peaches last?
Replace the letters with numbers to make the addition work out correctly. R E A D + T H I S = P A G E
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This Sudoku puzzle can be solved with the help of small clue-numbers on the border lines between pairs of neighbouring squares of the grid.
Given the products of diagonally opposite cells - can you complete this Sudoku?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
By selecting digits for an addition grid, what targets can you make?
Gabriel multiplied together some numbers and then erased them. Can you figure out where each number was?
Investigate the different ways that fifteen schools could have given money in a charity fundraiser.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
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?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".
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.
Play the divisibility game to create numbers in which the first two digits make a number divisible by 2, the first three digits make a number divisible by 3...
You need to find the values of the stars before you can apply normal Sudoku rules.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?
A cinema has 100 seats. Show how it is possible to sell exactly 100 tickets and take exactly £100 if the prices are £10 for adults, 50p for pensioners and 10p for children.
This pair of linked Sudokus matches letters with numbers and hides a seasonal greeting. Can you find it?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Four small numbers give the clue to the contents of the four surrounding cells.