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?

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 is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

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 fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

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!

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

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

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

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

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?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.