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....?

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 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

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?

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

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?

A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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

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?

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

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

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

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?

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?

Can you order the digits from 1-6 to make a number which is divisible by 6 so when the last digit is removed it becomes a 5-figure number divisible by 5, and so on?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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

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?

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?

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 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?

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 shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?

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

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

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

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

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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?

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