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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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....?

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.

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?

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

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

A mathematician goes into a supermarket and buys four items. Using a calculator she multiplies the cost instead of adding them. How can her answer be the same as the total at the till?

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

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?

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 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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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?

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

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

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?

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

What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?

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

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

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

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