Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Go through the maze, collecting and losing your money as you go. Which route gives you the highest return? And the lowest?

Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?

All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have greater potential.