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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you 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?

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

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?

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

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 eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.

Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

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?

Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the rules.

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

How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

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?

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?

How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?

Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?

I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?

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?

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?

In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?

Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.