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.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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 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?
Can you find all the ways to get 15 at the top of this triangle of numbers? Many opportunities to work in different ways.
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 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 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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
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. . . .
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
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?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?