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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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 shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

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?

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.

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 all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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

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

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

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

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

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

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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

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

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

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?

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?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

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

Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?

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

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?

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?

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

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 to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

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

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

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

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

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.

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