Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the
paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles
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?
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?
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?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
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?
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?
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?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we
can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
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?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about
the relationship between them?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these
three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in
There are three tables in a room with blocks of chocolate on each. Where would be the best place for each child in the class to sit if they came in one at a time?
Investigate this balance which is marked in halves. If you had a weight on the left-hand 7, where could you hang two weights on the right to make it balance?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?