An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
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?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
What is the least number of moves you can take to rearrange the bears so that no bear is next to a bear of the same colour?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
A variant on the game Alquerque
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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 cover the camel with these pieces?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
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?
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?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?