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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?

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?

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

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

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

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

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?

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

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

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

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?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

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

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?

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

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

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

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 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?

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

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!

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?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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

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

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

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?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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

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