Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
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?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Can you explain how this card trick works?
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?
Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
How is it possible to predict the card?
Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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. . . .
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?
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?
Arrange the numbers 1 to 16 into a 4 by 4 array. Choose a number. Cross out the numbers on the same row and column. Repeat this process. Add up you four numbers. Why do they always add up to 34?
What are the missing numbers in the pyramids?
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'.
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 article gives you a few ideas for understanding the Got It! game and how you might find a winning strategy.
Use the numbers in the box below to make the base of a top-heavy pyramid whose top number is 200.
In the following sum the letters A, B, C, D, E and F stand for six distinct digits. Find all the ways of replacing the letters with digits so that the arithmetic is correct.
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
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?
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?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
This addition sum uses all ten digits 0, 1, 2...9 exactly once. Find the sum and show that the one you give is the only possibility.
Replace each letter with a digit to make this addition correct.
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 Sudoku, based on differences. Using the one clue number can you find the solution?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
Different combinations of the weights available allow you to make different totals. Which totals can you make?
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order to balance this equaliser?
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?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
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.
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page...
Whenever two chameleons of different colours meet they change colour to the third colour. Describe the shortest sequence of meetings in which all the chameleons change to green if you start with 12. . . .
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
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?
What is the sum of all the digits in all the integers from one to one million?