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 is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Explore one of these five pictures.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
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?
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?
48 is called an abundant number because it is less than the sum of its factors (without itself). Can you find some more abundant numbers?
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?
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?
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?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
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?
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?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
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.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.