This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
Ben has five coins in his pocket. How much money might he have?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
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?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?
Can you work out the arrangement of the digits in the square so that the given products are correct? The numbers 1 - 9 may be used once and once only.
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?
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!
There are 78 prisoners in a square cell block of twelve cells. The clever prison warder arranged them so there were 25 along each wall of the prison block. How did he do it?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
What do you notice about the date 03.06.09? Or 08.01.09? This challenge invites you to investigate some interesting dates yourself.
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?
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?
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
Find the product of the numbers on the routes from A to B. Which route has the smallest product? Which the largest?
Ram divided 15 pennies among four small bags. He could then pay any sum of money from 1p to 15p without opening any bag. How many pennies did Ram put in each bag?
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?
My dice has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has taken? What does each face look like?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
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?
There is a clock-face where the numbers have become all mixed up. Can you find out where all the numbers have got to from these ten statements?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Can you find which shapes you need to put into the grid to make the totals at the end of each row and the bottom of each column?
Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?
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?
The planet of Vuvv has seven moons. Can you work out how long it is between each super-eclipse?
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. . . .
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
Use your logical-thinking skills to deduce how much Dan's crisps and ice-cream cost altogether.
Can you rearrange the biscuits on the plates so that the three biscuits on each plate are all different and there is no plate with two biscuits the same as two biscuits on another plate?
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.