A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
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?
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.
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....?
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 will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
First Connect Three game for an adult and child. Use the dice numbers and either addition or subtraction to get three numbers in a straight 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?
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?
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?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, invites you to explore the different combinations of scores that you might get on these dart boards.
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?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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.
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.
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?
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do 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. . . .
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
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?
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?
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'.