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. . . .

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?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 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?

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

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?

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?

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

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

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?

Five numbers added together in pairs produce: 0, 2, 4, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15 What are the five numbers?

Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?

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?

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

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?

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?

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Mr McGregor has a magic potting shed. Overnight, the number of plants in it doubles. He'd like to put the same number of plants in each of three gardens, planting one garden each day. Can he do it?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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?

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

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?

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!

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 how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

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

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

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

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

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

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Can you use the information to find out which cards I have used?

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

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

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

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

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?

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

Can you make square numbers by adding two prime numbers together?

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?