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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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?

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.

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

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

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

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

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

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

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

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.

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

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?

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

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.

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?