Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
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?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have 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?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
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.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
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 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?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
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. . . .
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.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
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.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
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?