What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

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?

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?

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 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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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?

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 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. . . .

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?

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

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.

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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 models can you find which obey these rules?

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.

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

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.

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

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?

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

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!

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.

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

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