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?

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

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

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?

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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

In Sam and Jill's garden there are two sorts of ladybirds with 7 spots or 4 spots. What numbers of total spots can you make?

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

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

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?

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

Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?

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.

Find all the numbers that can be made by adding the dots on two dice.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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?

There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2 litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the jugs.

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

Two children made up a game as they walked along the garden paths. Can you find out their scores? Can you find some paths of your own?

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

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

You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?

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

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!

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

In this problem it is not the squares that jump, you do the jumping! The idea is to go round the track in as few jumps as possible.

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

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.