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.

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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?

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?

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

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

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....?

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

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?

Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

Your challenge is to find the longest way through the network following this rule. You can start and finish anywhere, and with any shape, as long as you follow the correct order.

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?

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

Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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 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?

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