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?

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 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.

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 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?

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?

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?

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

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

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.

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?

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?

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

Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?

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?

Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can you make? Convince us you have found them all.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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.

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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.

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

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?

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 do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.

Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?

You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

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?

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

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

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

Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?