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

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.

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

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

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?

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?

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

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

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?

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.

Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

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.

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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

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?

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?

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?

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

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

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?

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?

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

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

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.

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?

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?

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

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

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 smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?

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

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

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 the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

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

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

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?

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?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?