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

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?

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

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

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

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

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?

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?

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?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

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?

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?

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.

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?

How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?

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

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?

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

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

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?

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

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?

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.

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Find out about Magic Squares in this article written for students. Why are they magic?!

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

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

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?

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

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

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?

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