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 maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?

Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?

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

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

Moira is late for school. What is the shortest route she can take from the school gates to the entrance?

The Red Express Train usually has five red carriages. How many ways can you find to add two blue carriages?

The brown frog and green frog want to swap places without getting wet. They can hop onto a lily pad next to them, or hop over each other. How could they do it?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Imagine that the puzzle pieces of a jigsaw are roughly a rectangular shape and all the same size. How many different puzzle pieces could there be?

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

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?

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?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

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?

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?

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

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.

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

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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?

Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.

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?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

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

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?

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?

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.

This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

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.

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?