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?

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?

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?

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

Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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?

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.

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

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

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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!

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

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

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.

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

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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?

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.

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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 nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

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?

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

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