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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

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

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?

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

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?

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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

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?

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.

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?

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

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!

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

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

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

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

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

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