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

This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

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?

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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?

Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?

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?

My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?

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

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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?

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

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

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

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

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

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

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.

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?

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.

Place the numbers 1 to 6 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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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