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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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?

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

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

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

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.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

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

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.

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?

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?

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

How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

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

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

This challenge involves calculating the number of candles needed on birthday cakes. It is an opportunity to explore numbers and discover new things.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

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