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?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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 these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
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?
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?
In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
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 many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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.
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?
Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?
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?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?