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?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
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?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
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.
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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....?
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
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?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
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 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. . . .
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
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.
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?
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?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
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?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
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.
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
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?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
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.
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?
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.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?