What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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.
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?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios 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?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Only one side of a two-slice toaster is working. What is the quickest way to toast both sides of three slices of bread?
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
What is the smallest number of jumps needed before the white rabbits and the grey rabbits can continue along their path?
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.?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
Tom and Ben visited Numberland. Use the maps to work out the number of points each of their routes scores.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
My cousin was 24 years old on Friday April 5th in 1974. On what day of the week was she born?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
Six friends sat around a circular table. Can you work out from the information who sat where and what their profession were?
How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
This challenge, written for the Young Mathematicians' Award, invites you to explore 'centred squares'.
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?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
What is the date in February 2002 where the 8 digits are palindromic if the date is written in the British way?
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?
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?
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 help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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 make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Stuart's watch loses two minutes every hour. Adam's watch gains one minute every hour. Use the information to work out what time (the real time) they arrived at the airport.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
The Zargoes use almost the same alphabet as English. What does this birthday message say?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
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?