A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular
and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a
bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces
so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have
the same colour.
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?
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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?
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
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
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 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. . . .
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Can you arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a
face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?