This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Which times on a digital clock have a line of symmetry? Which look the same upside-down? You might like to try this investigation and find out!
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.
Investigate and explain the patterns that you see from recording just the units digits of numbers in the times tables.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
Investigate the different ways these aliens count in this challenge. You could start by thinking about how each of them would write our number 7.
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?
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.
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?
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
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 investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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?
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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?
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?
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?
Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
Explore one of these five pictures.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
In this investigation, you are challenged to make mobile phone numbers which are easy to remember. What happens if you make a sequence adding 2 each time?