This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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?

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?

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.

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

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?

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 the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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?

Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.

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

Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

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?

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?

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

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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?

Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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 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?

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

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

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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.

In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?

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?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.

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