Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1 foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .

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

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

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

Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?

Charlie and Alison have been drawing patterns on coordinate grids. Can you picture where the patterns lead?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.