What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
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 find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
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.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
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 how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
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 follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
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?
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 tiles do we need to tile these patios?
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?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
What happens if you join every second point on this circle? How about every third point? Try with different steps and see if you can predict what will happen.
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?
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?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
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.
Follow the directions for circling numbers in the matrix. Add all the circled numbers together. Note your answer. Try again with a different starting number. What do you notice?
Explore one of these five pictures.
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?
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?
When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
"Ip dip sky blue! Who's 'it'? It's you!" Where would you position yourself so that you are 'it' if there are two players? Three players ...?
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.