How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
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?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five
equilateral triangles edge to edge.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
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....?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and
what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the
shapes in the picture?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive
numbers are joined by a line.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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 tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
The idea of this game is to add or subtract the two numbers on the dice and cover the result on the grid, trying to get a line of three. Are there some numbers that are good to aim for?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the
difference between the two numbers just below it.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four
calculations are correct?
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?
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?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no
consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
This article for teachers describes several games, found on the
site, all of which have a related structure that can be used to
develop the skills of strategic planning.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers
less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the
alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
If you hang two weights on one side of this balance, in how many different ways can you hang three weights on the other side for it to be balanced?