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?
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.
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?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
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.
There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
In this section from a calendar, put a square box around the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Add all the pairs of numbers. What do you notice about the answers?
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.
Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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.
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 happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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!
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
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 we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
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?
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?
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 tiles do we need to tile these patios?
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.
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?
"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 ...?
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?
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
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?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?
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 how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
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?
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?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.