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?
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?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
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?
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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
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 happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
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
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none
can capture any of the others.
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to
place them on the grid.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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 different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots
on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five
equilateral triangles edge to edge.