A challenge that requires you to apply your knowledge of the
properties of numbers. Can you fill all the squares on the board?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
How is it possible to predict the card?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc
BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why
this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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?
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?
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an
unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can
you make? Convince us you have found them all.
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can
trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I
end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your
region or how to set up your own.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week
in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees.
Who do you think is right?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?