This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
How could you arrange at least two dice in a stack so that the total of the visible spots is 18?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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 is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
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?
How could you put these three beads into bags? How many different ways can you do it? How could you record what you've done?
What two-digit numbers can you make with these two dice? What can't you make?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
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.
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?
Many natural systems appear to be in equilibrium until suddenly a critical point is reached, setting up a mudslide or an avalanche or an earthquake. In this project, students will use a simple. . . .
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
Three children are going to buy some plants for their birthdays. They will plant them within circular paths. How could they do this?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
In this calculation, the box represents a missing digit. What could the digit be? What would the solution be in each case?
Have a go at balancing this equation. Can you find different ways of doing it?
Use two dice to generate two numbers with one decimal place. What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
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?
What happens when you round these three-digit numbers to the nearest 100?
This activity focuses on rounding to the nearest 10.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
What happens when you round these numbers to the nearest whole number?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
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....?
My briefcase has a three-number combination lock, but I have forgotten the combination. I remember that there's a 3, a 5 and an 8. How many possible combinations are there to try?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
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?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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'.