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?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

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

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

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?

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

In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

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?

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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?

Exactly 195 digits have been used to number the pages in a book. How many pages does the book have?

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?

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 problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

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?

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

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?

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

You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

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

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

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

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

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?

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

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

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

There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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?

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