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

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

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?

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

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

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

Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.

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?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

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?

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.

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

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

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.

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....?

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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

Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?

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?

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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?

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.