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.

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

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

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

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

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

The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?

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?

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

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

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

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

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

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

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?

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

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

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

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

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?

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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?

The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

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

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.