Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
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.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
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.
Investigate the area of 'slices' cut off this cube of cheese. What would happen if you had different-sized block of cheese to start with?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make symmetrical patterns?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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?
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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 different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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 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?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.
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?
How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
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?
A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Here is your chance to investigate the number 28 using shapes, cubes ... in fact anything at all.
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
In this investigation, you must try to make houses using cubes. If the base must not spill over 4 squares and you have 7 cubes which stand for 7 rooms, what different designs can you come up with?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
Explore one of these five pictures.
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
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?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?