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?
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 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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
In how many ways could Mrs Beeswax put ten coins into her three puddings so that each pudding ended up with at least two coins?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right- angled isosceles triangles together?
Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Use the clues to colour each square.
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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. . . .
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?
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?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
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.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
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?
This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.
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!
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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.
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 quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?