How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Numbers arranged in a square but some exceptional spatial awareness probably needed.
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?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
A description of some experiments in which you can make discoveries about triangles.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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.
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?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Explore the different tunes you can make with these five gourds. What are the similarities and differences between the two tunes you are given?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
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?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
Arrange eight of the numbers between 1 and 9 in the Polo Square below so that each side adds to the same total.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
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?
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 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!
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?
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?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
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.
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
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?