How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's and Katie's, using rods that are identical?

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a yellow rod using white and red rods?

Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

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

Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.

How many different rectangles can you make using this set of rods?

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

Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?

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?

Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.

How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

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

There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.

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?

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

Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?

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?

Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.

Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?

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

My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?

Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.

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?

Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?

Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?

The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?

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?

What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?

Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.

El Crico the cricket has to cross a square patio to get home. He can jump the length of one tile, two tiles and three tiles. Can you find a path that would get El Crico home in three jumps?

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.

Using the cards 2, 4, 6, 8, +, - and =, what number statements can you make?

Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.

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?

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?

Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.

Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?

When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?

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.