In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

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?

My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?

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

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

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

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

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.

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

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?

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

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?

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.

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?

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

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.

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?

Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?

Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

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 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?

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.

Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to make all the different orders for 9 families?

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

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

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.

Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

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!

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.

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?

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

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?

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?