Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?

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

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

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

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.

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

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.

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

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

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

Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?

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

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?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

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

Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?

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?

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

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

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

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

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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.

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

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

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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

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?

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.