Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
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?
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?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
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?
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?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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. . . .
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out - they become quite complicated!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2 cube that is yellow all over?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?