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?

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

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?

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.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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.

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.

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

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

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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.

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?

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.

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....?

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

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

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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

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

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?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

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?

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?

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

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

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

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?