In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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?
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
A variant on the game Alquerque
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
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?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the
bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?
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?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to
another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number
and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?