Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?

Choose any 3 digits and make a 6 digit number by repeating the 3 digits in the same order (e.g. 594594). Explain why whatever digits you choose the number will always be divisible by 7, 11 and 13.

A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?

In this problem we are looking at sets of parallel sticks that cross each other. What is the least number of crossings you can make? And the greatest?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

List any 3 numbers. It is always possible to find a subset of adjacent numbers that add up to a multiple of 3. Can you explain why and prove it?

Find some examples of pairs of numbers such that their sum is a factor of their product. eg. 4 + 12 = 16 and 4 × 12 = 48 and 16 is a factor of 48.

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Benâ€™s class were cutting up number tracks. First they cut them into twos and added up the numbers on each piece. What patterns could they see?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

The number of plants in Mr McGregor's magic potting shed increases overnight. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of his gardens, planting one garden each day. How can he do it?

Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

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 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?

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?

I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?

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.

You can work out the number someone else is thinking of as follows. Ask a friend to think of any natural number less than 100. Then ask them to tell you the remainders when this number is divided by. . . .

The sum of the numbers 4 and 1 [1/3] is the same as the product of 4 and 1 [1/3]; that is to say 4 + 1 [1/3] = 4 × 1 [1/3]. What other numbers have the sum equal to the product and can this be so for. . . .

Place the numbers from 1 to 9 in the squares below so that the difference between joined squares is odd. How many different ways can you do this?

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.

Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?

Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?

This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.

Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle 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?

Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

Use your addition and subtraction skills, combined with some strategic thinking, to beat your partner at this game.

Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.

Can you find an efficient method to work out how many handshakes there would be if hundreds of people met?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

Spotting patterns can be an important first step - explaining why it is appropriate to generalise is the next step, and often the most interesting and important.

A game for two people, or play online. Given a target number, say 23, and a range of numbers to choose from, say 1-4, players take it in turns to add to the running total to hit their target.

Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.

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?

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?

How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?

A little bit of algebra explains this 'magic'. Ask a friend to pick 3 consecutive numbers and to tell you a multiple of 3. Then ask them to add the four numbers and multiply by 67, and to tell you. . . .

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?