Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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?

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.

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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?

Investigate the numbers that come up on a die as you roll it in the direction of north, south, east and west, without going over the path it's already made.

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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?

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?

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.

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 make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles triangles?

I cut this square into two different shapes. What can you say about the relationship between them?

We need to wrap up this cube-shaped present, remembering that we can have no overlaps. What shapes can you find to use?

Bernard Bagnall describes how to get more out of some favourite NRICH investigations.

What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

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 continue this pattern of triangles and begin to predict how many sticks are used for each new "layer"?

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?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

Compare the numbers of particular tiles in one or all of these three designs, inspired by the floor tiles of a church in Cambridge.

Why does the tower look a different size in each of these pictures?

Polygonal numbers are those that are arranged in shapes as they enlarge. Explore the polygonal numbers drawn here.

While we were sorting some papers we found 3 strange sheets which seemed to come from small books but there were page numbers at the foot of each page. Did the pages come from the same book?

Investigate how this pattern of squares continues. You could measure lengths, areas and angles.

How many faces can you see when you arrange these three cubes in different ways?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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?

Explore Alex's number plumber. What questions would you like to ask? What do you think is happening to the numbers?

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?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.

A follow-up activity to Tiles in the Garden.

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?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

What is the largest cuboid you can wrap in an A3 sheet of paper?

This challenge encourages you to explore dividing a three-digit number by a single-digit number.

What happens when you add the digits of a number then multiply the result by 2 and you keep doing this? You could try for different numbers and different rules.

This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds seem to visit randomly?

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?

An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.