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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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 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?

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

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?

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?

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?

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?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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.

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

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

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?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

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

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!

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

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?

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

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

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

First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.

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

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

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

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

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?