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?

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

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?

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.

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

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?

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?

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.

How many models can you find which obey these 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?

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

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?

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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

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?

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?

Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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

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?

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

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

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

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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