The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
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?
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?
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?
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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?
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?
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?
Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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?
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.
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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?
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?
If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
If you had any number of ordinary dice, what are the possible ways of making their totals 6? What would the product of the dice be each time?
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?
Place the digits 1 to 9 into the circles so that each side of the triangle adds to the same total.
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.
Explore the different snakes that can be made using 5 cubes.
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
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?
Take three differently coloured blocks - maybe red, yellow and blue. Make a tower using one of each colour. How many different towers can you make?
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
You have 5 darts and your target score is 44. How many different ways could you score 44?
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?
Winifred Wytsh bought a box each of jelly babies, milk jelly bears, yellow jelly bees and jelly belly beans. In how many different ways could she make a jolly jelly feast with 32 legs?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
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.