A game that demands a logical approach using systematic working to deduce a winning strategy

Is it possible to use all 28 dominoes arranging them in squares of four? What patterns can you see in the solution(s)?

How many tricolour flags are possible with 5 available colours such that two adjacent stripes must NOT be the same colour. What about 256 colours?

The machine I use to produce Braille messages is faulty and one of the pins that makes a raised dot is not working. I typed a short message in Braille. Can you work out what it really says?

Four friends must cross a bridge. How can they all cross it in just 17 minutes?

I start my journey in Rio de Janeiro and visit all the cities as Hamilton described, passing through Canberra before Madrid, and then returning to Rio. What route could I have taken?

In how many distinct ways can six islands be joined by bridges so that each island can be reached from every other island...

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.

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?

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.

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

Semaphore is a way to signal the alphabet using two flags. You might want to send a message that contains more than just letters. How many other symbols could you send using this code?

Imagine you have six different colours of paint. You paint a cube using a different colour for each of the six faces. How many different cubes can be painted using the same set of six colours?

A little mouse called Delia lives in a hole in the bottom of a tree.....How many days will it be before Delia has to take the same route again?

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?

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.

Is it possible to rearrange the numbers 1,2......12 around a clock face in such a way that every two numbers in adjacent positions differ by any of 3, 4 or 5 hours?

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

Blue Flibbins are so jealous of their red partners that they will not leave them on their own with any other bue Flibbin. What is the quickest way of getting the five pairs of Flibbins safely to. . . .

Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?

A man has 5 coins in his pocket. Given the clues, can you work out what the coins are?

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

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

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

Four children were sharing a set of twenty-four butterfly cards. Are there any cards they all want? Are there any that none of them want?

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

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.

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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?

Here is a collection of puzzles about Sam's shop sent in by club members. Perhaps you can make up more puzzles, find formulas or find general methods.

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?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Have a go at this game which involves throwing two dice and adding their totals. Where should you place your counters to be more likely to win?

Using only the red and white rods, how many different ways are there to make up the other colours of rod?

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

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?

George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?

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?

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

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

In a league of 5 football teams which play in a round robin tournament show that it is possible for all five teams to be league leaders.

Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?