Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
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?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five
equilateral triangles edge to edge.
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
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.
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's
there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and
between the two 3's there are three digits.
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
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the
pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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 can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
How many solutions can you find to this sum? Each of the different letters stands for a different number.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the
numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
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?
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?
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 different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
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?
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?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have
forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an
8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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.
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop
students’ mathematical thinking. This package places a
particular emphasis on “being systematic” and is
designed to meet. . . .