Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
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?
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?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?