During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?
Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?
Investigate the different distances of these car journeys and find out how long they take.
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Add or subtract the two numbers on the spinners and try to complete a row of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
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'.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
This article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Can you find six numbers to go in the Daisy from which you can make all the numbers from 1 to a number bigger than 25?
This is an adding game for two players.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Here is a chance to play a version of the classic Countdown Game.
Here is a chance to play a fractions version of the classic Countdown Game.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Fancy a game of cricket? Here is a mathematical version you can play indoors without breaking any windows.
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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. . . .
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
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 challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...
A game for 2 players. Practises subtraction or other maths operations knowledge.
Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Choose a symbol to put into the number sentence.
Can you explain how this card trick works?
Where can you draw a line on a clock face so that the numbers on both sides have the same total?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
The clockmaker's wife cut up his birthday cake to look like a clock face. Can you work out who received each piece?
This article explains how to make your own magic square to mark a special occasion with the special date of your choice on the top line.
Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
A game for 2 or more players with a pack of cards. Practise your skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to hit the target score.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?