Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square
below so that each side adds to the same total.
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.
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?
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!
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the
outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you
find for me to take?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How
will you know you've found them all?
In a Magic Square all the rows, columns and diagonals add to the 'Magic Constant'. How would you change the magic constant of this square?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so
that you have double the number.
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?
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
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?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
There are to be 6 homes built on a new development site. They could
be semi-detached, detached or terraced houses. How many different
combinations of these can you find?
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?
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 challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one
layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same
colour are next to each other in any direction?
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?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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 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.
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
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?
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and
multiply them together. How many different products can you find?
How do you know you've got them all?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of
its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the
result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different
numbers and different rules.
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
If the answer's 2010, what could the question be?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be
drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds.
What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can
you investigate patios of different sizes?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create
your own repeating pattern?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled
triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16
pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these
pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.