This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different
squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to
create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle
contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100
squares? Can you find them all?
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
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
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.
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
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school
playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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?
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?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire
Look carefully at the numbers. What do you notice? Can you make
another square using the numbers 1 to 16, that displays the same
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in
each pile was 15?
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?
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....?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Ben passed a third of his counters to Jack, Jack passed a quarter
of his counters to Emma and Emma passed a fifth of her counters to
Ben. After this they all had the same number of counters.