These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
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?
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.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
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.
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.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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!
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?
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?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
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!
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
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?