Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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?

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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.

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.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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?

Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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?

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?

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?

If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

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?

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?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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?

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 many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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?

Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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?

Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!

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?

Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?

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 tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

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.

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?