What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

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?

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?

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?

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 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?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

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.

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.

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

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?

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 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?

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

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

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

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?

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.

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 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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.

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....?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

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?

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?

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

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?

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

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

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

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

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?