Suggestions for teachers about exploring maths in different contexts: art, history and so on

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?

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.

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

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?

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 triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?

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?

How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?

Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?

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 it up?

There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different combinations of these can you find?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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?

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

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

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

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?

Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?

Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

How many different rhythms can you make by putting two drums on the wheel?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.

Investigate the different sounds you can make by putting the owls and donkeys on the wheel.

Using 3 rods of integer lengths, none longer than 10 units and not using any rod more than once, you can measure all the lengths in whole units from 1 to 10 units. How many ways can you do this?

When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.

If each of these three shapes has a value, can you find the totals of the combinations? Perhaps you can use the shapes to make the given totals?

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?

Arrange the numbers 1 to 6 in each set of circles below. The sum of each side of the triangle should equal the number in its centre.

A lady has a steel rod and a wooden pole and she knows the length of each. How can she measure out an 8 unit piece of pole?

There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?

Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.

Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that Terry wins when the middle ball is red?

A little mouse called Delia lives in a hole in the bottom of a tree.....How many days will it be before Delia has to take the same route again?

One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?

In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?

An environment which simulates working with Cuisenaire rods.

In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

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.

Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.

In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?

Four children were sharing a set of twenty-four butterfly cards. Are there any cards they all want? Are there any that none of them want?

In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?

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.

This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.