How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
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?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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.
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?
We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?
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?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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 faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
Can you continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
I like to walk along the cracks of the paving stones, but not the outside edge of the path itself. How many different routes can you find for me to take?
It starts quite simple but great opportunities for number discoveries and patterns!
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Which way of flipping over and/or turning this grid will give you the highest total? You'll need to imagine where the numbers will go in this tricky task!
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
How will you decide which way of flipping over and/or turning the grid will give you the highest total?
Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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.
Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? Don't forget to keep visiting NRICH projects site for the latest developments and questions.
This article for teachers suggests ideas for activities built around 10 and 2010.
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?
In this investigation we are going to count the number of 1s, 2s, 3s etc in numbers. Can you predict what will happen?
I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?