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

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?

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 fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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?

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

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?

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

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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. . . .

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

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

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

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?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?

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?

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

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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....?