Using your knowledge of the properties of numbers, can you fill all the squares on the board?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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. . . .
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
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?
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 many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?
I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
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 do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?