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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

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?

The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?

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

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?

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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?

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

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?

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

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?

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

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

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

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

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.

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

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

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?

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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.

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

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

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

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?

What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?

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

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

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

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?