Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .

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?

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

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

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

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.

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

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?

This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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 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?

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

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

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?

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

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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

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.

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?

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

Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?

This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?

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

Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.

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?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.

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 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?

Rather than using the numbers 1-9, this sudoku uses the nine different letters used to make the words "Advent Calendar".

Given the products of adjacent cells, can you complete this Sudoku?

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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

Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?

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?

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?