This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
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?
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?
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?
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 is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
I was in my car when I noticed a line of four cars on the lane next to me with number plates starting and ending with J, K, L and M. What order were they in?
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?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Can you put plus signs in so this is true? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 = 99 How many ways can you do it?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
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.
The Vikings communicated in writing by making simple scratches on wood or stones called runes. Can you work out how their code works using the table of the alphabet?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
This magic square has operations written in it, to make it into a maze. Start wherever you like, go through every cell and go out a total of 15!
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?