What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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 continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

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

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?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?

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

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

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

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

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?

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

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?

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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

What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

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?

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?

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?

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?

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

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.

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?

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

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?

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

Ben’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?

It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!

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

Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.

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

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?