Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?
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?
Does this 'trick' for calculating multiples of 11 always work? Why or why not?
I added together some of my neighbours' house numbers. Can you explain the patterns I noticed?
Imagine we have four bags containing numbers from a sequence. What numbers can we make now?
Investigate the sum of the numbers on the top and bottom faces of a line of three dice. What do you notice?
15 = 7 + 8 and 10 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4. Can you say which numbers can be expressed as the sum of two or more consecutive integers?
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.
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?
Can you explain the strategy for winning this game with any target?
How many pairs of numbers can you find that add up to a multiple of 11? Do you notice anything interesting about your results?
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.
Imagine we have four bags containing a large number of 1s, 4s, 7s and 10s. What numbers can we make?
A three digit number abc is always divisible by 7 when 2a+3b+c is divisible by 7. Why?
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.
Got It game for an adult and child. How can you play so that you know you will always win?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
Watch this animation. What do you notice? What happens when you try more or fewer cubes in a bundle?
Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
What are the areas of these triangles? What do you notice? Can you generalise to other "families" of triangles?
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?
This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Find a route from the outside to the inside of this square, stepping on as many tiles as possible.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
This activity involves rounding four-digit numbers to the nearest thousand.
Are these statements relating to odd and even numbers always true, sometimes true or never true?
Watch this video to see how to roll the dice. Now it's your turn! What do you notice about the dice numbers you have recorded?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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 encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
Try out this number trick. What happens with different starting numbers? What do you notice?
Charlie has made a Magic V. Can you use his example to make some more? And how about Magic Ls, Ns and Ws?
This challenge asks you to imagine a snake coiling on itself.
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Try entering different sets of numbers in the number pyramids. How does the total at the top change?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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?
Great Granddad is very proud of his telegram from the Queen congratulating him on his hundredth birthday and he has friends who are even older than he is... When was he born?
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?
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. . . .
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the horizontal axis?
Find the sum of all three-digit numbers each of whose digits is odd.
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?
This task encourages you to investigate the number of edging pieces and panes in different sized windows.