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?

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

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?

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?

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....?

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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 to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

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?

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?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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.

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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

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

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

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 all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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