Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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?
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.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can
you make images which show the turnings described?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
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?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
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?
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.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which
seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the
foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
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.
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?
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
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.