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 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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

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?

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

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

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

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?

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

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

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

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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?

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?

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

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

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

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.

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?

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

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

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?