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?
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?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
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?
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 challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
What statements can you make about the car that passes the school gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and test your ideas?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.
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?
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?
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Explore one of these five pictures.
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
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?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.