In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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?
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?
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?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
How could Penny, Tom and Matthew work out how many chocolates there are in different sized boxes?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
Can you describe this route to infinity? Where will the arrows take you next?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?
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?
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
What's the largest volume of box you can make from a square of paper?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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.
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
If you can copy a network without lifting your pen off the paper and without drawing any line twice, then it is traversable. Decide which of these diagrams are traversable.
How many moves does it take to swap over some red and blue frogs? Do you have a method?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
How many centimetres of rope will I need to make another mat just like the one I have here?
Imagine starting with one yellow cube and covering it all over with a single layer of red cubes, and then covering that cube with a layer of blue cubes. How many red and blue cubes would you need?
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?
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.
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Square numbers can be represented as the sum of consecutive odd numbers. What is the sum of 1 + 3 + ..... + 149 + 151 + 153?
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
Choose a couple of the sequences. Try to picture how to make the next, and the next, and the next... Can you describe your reasoning?
Here are two kinds of spirals for you to explore. What do you notice?
When number pyramids have a sequence on the bottom layer, some interesting patterns emerge...
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you find the values at the vertices when you know the values on the edges?
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?
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?
Do you notice anything about the solutions when you add and/or subtract consecutive negative numbers?
We can show that (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1 by considering the area of an (x + 1) by (x + 1) square. Show in a similar way that (x + 2)² = x² + 4x + 4
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Can all unit fractions be written as the sum of two unit fractions?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.