How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?

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.

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.

If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?

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!

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?

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?

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.

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

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

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

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

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?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

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

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

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

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

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

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

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

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?

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

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 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?

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

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

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.

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?

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.

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

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!

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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