Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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.
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Stop the Clock game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you always win this game?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
This is a game for two players. Can you find out how to be the first to get to 12 o'clock?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?
Can you dissect an equilateral triangle into 6 smaller ones? What number of smaller equilateral triangles is it NOT possible to dissect a larger equilateral triangle into?
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?
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.
In this game for two players, the idea is to take it in turns to choose 1, 3, 5 or 7. The winner is the first to make the total 37.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
This problem challenges you to find out how many odd numbers there are between pairs of numbers. Can you find a pair of numbers that has four odds between them?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.
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?
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?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
If there are 3 squares in the ring, can you place three different numbers in them so that their differences are odd? Try with different numbers of squares around the ring. What do you notice?
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Strike it Out game for an adult and child. Can you stop your partner from being able to go?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?