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

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.

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?

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

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?

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.

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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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.

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

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?

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 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 put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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.

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

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.

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

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

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?

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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....?

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

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

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

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

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