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 faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?

What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?

We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?

Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

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?

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

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

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?

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.

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

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

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 many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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 I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?

An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

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.

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?

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?

What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

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

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 possible answers?

Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

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?

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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

I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?

How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.

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

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?

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?

Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?

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