Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
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 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. . . .
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
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.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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 find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
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.
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?