Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
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.?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many
times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock
over a whole day?
In this matching game, you have to decide how long different events take.
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Try this matching game which will help you recognise different ways of saying the same time interval.
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 triangles on these peg boards, and
find their angles?
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?
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.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one
minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the
real time) they arrived at the airport.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are
palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
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?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
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?
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school
playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
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.
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?
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?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in
the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At
what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
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?
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?