Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five
square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can
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.
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?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
This challenge focuses on finding the sum and difference of pairs of two-digit numbers.
Find the sum and difference between a pair of two-digit numbers. Now find the sum and difference between the sum and difference! What happens?
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.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube.
Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the
shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Sweets are given out to party-goers in a particular way. Investigate the total number of sweets received by people sitting in different positions.
What happens when you add three numbers together? Will your answer be odd or even? How do you know?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the
month from the 1st to the 31st.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They
decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with
each of the others. What was the total number rides?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and
Bharat live in.
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possibilities that could come up?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are
four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can
you find all the ways of doing this?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days
as possible, how many days can their fun last?
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If
the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which
stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be
put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways
that this can be done?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number
of points each of their routes scores.
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must
go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?
These two group activities use mathematical reasoning - one is
numerical, one geometric.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat?
How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
How many different journeys could you make if you were going to visit four stations in this network? How about if there were five stations? Can you predict the number of journeys for seven stations?
Arrange 3 red, 3 blue and 3 yellow counters into a three-by-three square grid, so that there is only one of each colour in every row and every column
Jack has nine tiles. He put them together to make a square so that two tiles of the same colour were not beside each other. Can you find another way to do it?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Place six toy ladybirds into the box so that there are two ladybirds in every column and every row.
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the
chance of winning?
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?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
When you throw two regular, six-faced dice you have more chance of getting one particular result than any other. What result would that be? Why is this?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Can you arrange the numbers 1 to 17 in a row so that each adjacent
pair adds up to a square number?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.