Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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?
A particular technique for solving Sudoku puzzles, known as "naked pair", is explained in this easy-to-read article.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
A Sudoku with clues given as sums of entries.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Arrange the digits 1, 1, 2, 2, 3 and 3 so that between the two 1's there is one digit, between the two 2's there are two digits, and between the two 3's there are three digits.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
Tim had nine cards each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it. How could he have put them into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15?
In this maze of hexagons, you start in the centre at 0. The next hexagon must be a multiple of 2 and the next a multiple of 5. What are the possible paths you could take?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
There were chews for 2p, mini eggs for 3p, Chocko bars for 5p and lollypops for 7p in the sweet shop. What could each of the children buy with their money?
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?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
You have two egg timers. One takes 4 minutes exactly to empty and the other takes 7 minutes. What times in whole minutes can you measure and how?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Katie had a pack of 20 cards numbered from 1 to 20. She arranged the cards into 6 unequal piles where each pile added to the same total. What was the total and how could this be done?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, focuses on 'open squares'. What would the next five open squares look like?
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?
There is a long tradition of creating mazes throughout history and across the world. This article gives details of mazes you can visit and those that you can tackle on paper.