Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?

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

How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?

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?

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 if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

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

A little mouse called Delia lives in a hole in the bottom of a tree.....How many days will it be before Delia has to take the same route again?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?

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?

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?

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

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?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?

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

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?

This train line has two tracks which cross at different points. Can you find all the routes that end at Cheston?

In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?

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 maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?

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

These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?

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?

Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

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

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

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?

George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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