This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

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

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?

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

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?

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?

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?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

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?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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