These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
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.
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
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.
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
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?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
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?
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?
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
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 will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
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!
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.
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?