This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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?
Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to
place them on the grid.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be
created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square
lattice paper to record your results.
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 symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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
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?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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 help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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.
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
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are
differently sized and which are 'similar'?
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?
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?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
George and Jim want to buy a chocolate bar. George needs 2p more
and Jim need 50p more to buy it. How much is the chocolate bar?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
Zumf makes spectacles for the residents of the planet Zargon, who
have either 3 eyes or 4 eyes. How many lenses will Zumf need to
make all the different orders for 9 families?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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....?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.