What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
Stage: 2 Challenge Level:
Try starting a square on one of the edge pegs. Look at
all the other pegs in turn - could you use that peg as the second
corner of a square?
Can you make a square whose edges aren't parallel to the rows or
columns of pegs?
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the
NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to
embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other activities
can be found here.