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?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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 blocks.
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 make?
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.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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 took.
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?
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.?
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?
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?
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
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?
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 rules.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Can you fill in the empty boxes in the grid with the right shape and colour?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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 practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?