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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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?

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?

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.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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?

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

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 many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

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?

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

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

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.

There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?

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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

This task follows on from Build it Up and takes the ideas into three dimensions!

Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

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

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

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

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?

Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?

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

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

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?

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?

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....?

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

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

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?

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!

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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?

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

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?