This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
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?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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 using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then
back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the
information to find out how long each road is on the route she
Frances and Rishi were given a bag of lollies. They shared them out evenly and had one left over. How many lollies could there have been in the bag?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
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?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in
each pile was 15?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there
is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How
about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and
the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you
measure and how?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged
the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same
total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
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?
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?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which
are different heights.
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?