Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
Explore one of these five pictures.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Place the 16 different combinations of cup/saucer in this 4 by 4 arrangement so that no row or column contains more than one cup or saucer of the same colour.
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.
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 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?
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
The letters of the word ABACUS have been arranged in the shape of a triangle. How many different ways can you find to read the word ABACUS from this triangular pattern?
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
An investigation involving adding and subtracting sets of consecutive numbers. Lots to find out, lots to explore.
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
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?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
All types of mathematical problems serve a useful purpose in mathematics teaching, but different types of problem will achieve different learning objectives. In generalmore open-ended problems have. . . .
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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?
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?
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!
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?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.