Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

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

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

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

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?

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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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?

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

The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?

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

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?

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?

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

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.

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

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?

Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?

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?

Use the information to describe these marbles. What colours must be on marbles that sparkle when rolling but are dark inside?

Can you find out in which order the children are standing in this line?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

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?

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

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?

How long does it take to brush your teeth? Can you find the matching length of time?

Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?

Lorenzie was packing his bag for a school trip. He packed four shirts and three pairs of pants. "I will be able to have a different outfit each day", he said. How many days will Lorenzie be away?

Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.

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?

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.

Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?

These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.

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

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?

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?

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

How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?

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

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

Can you see who the gold medal winner is? What about the silver medal winner and the bronze medal winner?

Number problems for lower primary that will get you thinking.

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