Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?

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?

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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

Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?

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.

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

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. . . .

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

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?

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?

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

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a 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?

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.

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!

Each of the main diagonals of this sudoku must contain the numbers 1 to 9 and each rectangle width the numbers 1 to 4.

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

Two sudokus in one. Challenge yourself to make the necessary connections.

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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.

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

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

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?

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

How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?

My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?

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

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 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

Each clue number in this sudoku is the product of the two numbers in adjacent cells.

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?

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

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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?

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?