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?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the
Use the clues to colour each square.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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.
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
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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.
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
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?
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....?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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.
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help
you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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 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 fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape