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Newspapers

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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?

Polo Square

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Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.

Tea Cups

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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.

Halloween Investigation

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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?

Ice Cream

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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.

Calcunos

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

Bean Bags for Bernard's Bag

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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?

Building with Rods

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

Cubes Here and There

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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?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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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!

Watch Your Feet

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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?

Street Party

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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.

Room Doubling

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

3 Rings

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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?

Magic Constants

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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?

It Figures

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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?

Stairs

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This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.

Buying a Balloon

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Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?

Two on Five

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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?

Sweets in a Box

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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?

3 Sets of Cubes, 2 Surfaces

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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Sticks and Triangles

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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?

My New Patio

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

Two by One

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

Tiles on a Patio

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How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

New House

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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?

Magazines

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Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.

Train Carriages

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Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?

Gran, How Old Are You?

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When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

Doplication

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We can arrange dots in a similar way to the 5 on a dice and they usually sit quite well into a rectangular shape. How many altogether in this 3 by 5? What happens for other sizes?

Consecutive Numbers

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An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.

Sets of Numbers

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How many different sets of numbers with at least four members can you find in the numbers in this box?

Making Squares

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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?

Hexpentas

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

Tiling

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An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

It's All about 64

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Write the numbers up to 64 in an interesting way so that the shape they make at the end is interesting, different, more exciting ... than just a square.

Making Cuboids

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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?

Plants

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Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?

Making Boxes

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Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Cuboid-in-a-box

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What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Worms

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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?

Teddy Town

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There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?

Ip Dip

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"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 ...?

Abundant Numbers

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48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?

Brush Loads

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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.

Follow the Numbers

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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.

Escher Tessellations

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This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

Egyptian Rope

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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?

Exploring Number Patterns You Make

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Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

Cutting Corners

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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?