Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?

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.

Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?

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

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.

George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?

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.

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

What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?

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

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

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?

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?

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?

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.

Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?

Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?

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 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 eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?

In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?

Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.

Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?

These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is numerical, one geometric.

Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column

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?

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.

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

What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?

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

There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?

This multiplication uses each of the digits 0 - 9 once and once only. Using the information given, can you replace the stars in the calculation with figures?

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?

This dice train has been made using specific rules. How many different trains can you make?

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?

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.

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?

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

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

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?

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

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