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.

This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.

Start with four numbers at the corners of a square and put the total of two corners in the middle of that side. Keep going... Can you estimate what the size of the last four numbers will be?

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.

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.

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?

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 make?

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.

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 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?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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?

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

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 find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?

What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?

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 your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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.

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?

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.

Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

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!

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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?

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?

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?

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?

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?

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?

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.

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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

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?

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?