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?

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?

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 cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?

Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?

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?

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

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?

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?

How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

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?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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?

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?

Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

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?

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

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?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?

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?

Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.

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?

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.