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 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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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?

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

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

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 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?

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.

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

Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

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

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

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

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

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

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?

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?