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?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
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 shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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 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?
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
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?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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 problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight line.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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 find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to develop the skills of strategic planning.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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. . . .
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?