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 problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

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?

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?

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?

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

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?

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?

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

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?

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

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

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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

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

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

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

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

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?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

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?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.