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?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
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?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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.
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?
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
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....?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
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.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
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?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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.
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.