If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

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?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

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?

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

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?

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?

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

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

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

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 happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

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

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?

When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

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?

What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?

Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?