A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?

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

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

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 many models can you find which obey these rules?

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

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

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?

Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

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.

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

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.

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

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?

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.

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

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?

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?

Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

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

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

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

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

In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

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.

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?

Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.

What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?

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.

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

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?

Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?