What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?

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

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

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

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

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?

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?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

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!

Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?

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?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

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!

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?

Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.

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

On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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

On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?

Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

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

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

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?