Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

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?

Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.

The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.

If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

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

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

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?

You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

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

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

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

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

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

When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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

Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.

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

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

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

Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

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?

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.

The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?

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

Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?

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....?

Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?

On my calculator I divided one whole number by another whole number and got the answer 3.125. If the numbers are both under 50, what are they?

This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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.

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?

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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

What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?