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### Shaping Up

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

### Counters

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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?

### Cuboid-in-a-box

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

### A Square of Numbers

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

### Map Folding

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Cereal Packets

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

### Celtic Knot

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Four Colours

##### Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

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.

### Square Corners

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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?

### Putting Two and Two Together

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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?

### Order the Changes

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

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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.

### Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

### One to Fifteen

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

### Two by One

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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

### Counting Cards

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Difference

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Painting Possibilities

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This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

### Two Dots

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

### Make Pairs

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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.

### Single Track

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

### Combining Cuisenaire

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Tri-five

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Waiting for Blast Off

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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?

### Knight's Swap

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

### Shunting Puzzle

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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?

### Dice Stairs

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Cubes Here and There

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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?

### Building with Rods

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

### Making Cuboids

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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?

### Arrangements

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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....?

### Geoboards

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This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

### Dodecamagic

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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?

### Newspapers

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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?

### Tri.'s

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How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?

### Eight Queens

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

### Sticks and Triangles

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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?

### Cover the Tray

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

### Calcunos

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

### Polydron

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

### Halloween Investigation

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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?

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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?

### Room Doubling

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

### Four Triangles Puzzle

##### Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Two on Five

##### Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Ice Cream

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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.

### 3 Rings

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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?

### My New Patio

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What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

### Open Boxes

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Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

### Tiles on a Patio

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How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?