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

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?

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?

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

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

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

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.?

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

You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

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

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

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?

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

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.

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.

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.

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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?

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.

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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?

Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?

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?

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

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

Can you arrange 5 different digits (from 0 - 9) in the cross in the way described?

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?

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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.