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

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.

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

Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.

Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?

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

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 recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.

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 draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

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....?

Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

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?

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?

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

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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.

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 can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

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?

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

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.

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

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

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

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?

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?

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.

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?

Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?

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

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?

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?

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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?