How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
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 split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
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?
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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. . . .
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?
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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
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?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the telescope and microscope?