This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or
shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start
with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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.
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?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
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
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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 ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
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?
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots
on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Put 10 counters in a row. Find a way to arrange the counters into
five pairs, evenly spaced in a row, in just 5 moves, using the
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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?
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?
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. . . .
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.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.