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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Explore one of these five pictures.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
Numbers arranged in a square but some exceptional spatial awareness probably needed.
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
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?
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
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?
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?
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?
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!
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?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?
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.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.