I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Explore one of these five pictures.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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 smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
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 these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.
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?
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?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
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 tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
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?
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 challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
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!