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

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

This challenge is about finding the difference between numbers which have the same tens digit.

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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 working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.

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

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

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

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

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

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

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

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

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

Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

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

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

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 if you have an ordered approach.

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....?

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

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

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

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?

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.

Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.