I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
Investigate the different shaped bracelets you could make from 18 different spherical beads. How do they compare if you use 24 beads?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
How many tiles do we need to tile these patios?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?
Explore one of these five pictures.
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.
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
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?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
Investigate these hexagons drawn from different sized equilateral triangles.
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.
Bernard Bagnall looks at what 'problem solving' might really mean in the context of primary classrooms.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?