A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Explore one of these five pictures.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
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?
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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 do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
We think this 3x3 version of the game is often harder than the 5x5 version. Do you agree? If so, why do you think that might be?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?
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?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
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.
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?
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?
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.
Numbers arranged in a square but some exceptional spatial awareness probably needed.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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