This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to
another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number
and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame
without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you
try the other shapes?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we
asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds
so find out which we might have bought.
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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?
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
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?
These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the
outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you
find for me to take?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.
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.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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 the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
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?
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
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the
result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different
numbers and different rules.