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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

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

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

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?

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

Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?

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

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

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

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?

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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