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

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

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

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?

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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.

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.

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?

Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?

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.

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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....?

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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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