I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why not?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
If I use 12 green tiles to represent my lawn, how many different ways could I arrange them? How many border tiles would I need each time?
The red ring is inside the blue ring in this picture. Can you rearrange the rings in different ways? Perhaps you can overlap them or put one outside another?
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
This challenge asks you to investigate the total number of cards that would be sent if four children send one to all three others. How many would be sent if there were five children? Six?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
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?
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Here are many ideas for you to investigate - all linked with the number 2000.
Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Here is your chance to investigate the number 28 using shapes, cubes ... in fact anything at all.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?
Place four pebbles on the sand in the form of a square. Keep adding as few pebbles as necessary to double the area. How many extra pebbles are added each time?
Explore one of these five pictures.
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
In my local town there are three supermarkets which each has a special deal on some products. If you bought all your shopping in one shop, where would be the cheapest?