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?
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?
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
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 best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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 work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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?
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.
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?
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.
Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?
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?
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.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?
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?
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 ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each other. How could they do it?
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.