If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Explore one of these five pictures.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
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?
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Here is your chance to investigate the number 28 using shapes, cubes ... in fact anything at all.
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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.
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?
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?
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 possibilities that could come up?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.