A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.

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?

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?

A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

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?

How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?

Use the clues about the symmetrical properties of these letters to place them on the grid.

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.

What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

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?

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.

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?

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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?

In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?

Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

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 have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.

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.

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 rods?

Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same properties?

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?

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?

Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.

Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

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?

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?

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?

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.