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?

Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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....?

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?

Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?

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?

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?