What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area
around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
How have "Warmsnug" arrived at the prices shown on their windows? Which window has been given an incorrect price?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal
to the area?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have
inside it before it was ripped?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square
tiles of different sizes?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a
maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a
total of 15!
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 is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
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?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the
lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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?
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!
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and
the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you
measure and how?
Can you put the numbers 1-5 in the V shape so that both 'arms' have the same total?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99
How many ways can you do it?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
There are 4 jugs which hold 9 litres, 7 litres, 4 litres and 2
litres. Find a way to pour 9 litres of drink from one jug to
another until you are left with exactly 3 litres in three of the
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 activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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.
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day
of the week was she born?
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.?
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The
clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall
of the prison block. How did he do it?
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper
to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the
quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square
tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using
all 15 tables, with no empty places.
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?