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?
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?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so if you work in a systematic way, you won't leave any out.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
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 work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
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?
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
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.
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?
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.
Can you create jigsaw pieces which are based on a square shape, with at least one peg and one hole?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
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?
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 activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
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. . . .
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?
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?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
Can you fill in this table square? The numbers 2 -12 were used to generate it with just one number used twice.