Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

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?

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?

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?

How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?

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?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

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?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

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?

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?

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

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

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....?

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

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

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

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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?

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?

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?

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

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?

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.

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.

How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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 different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

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.

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

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?

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

Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?

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?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

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. . . .