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Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Map Folding

Age 7 to 11
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Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

Square Corners

Age 7 to 11
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What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11
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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Dienes' Logiblocs

Age 5 to 7
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This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

Egyptian Rope

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Tangram Tangle

Age 5 to 7
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If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

The Numbers Give the Design

Age 7 to 11
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Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Three Squares

Age 5 to 11
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What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Tri.'s

Age 7 to 11
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How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?

Creating Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

A City of Towers

Age 5 to 7
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In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

Dice Stairs

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Fractional Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Brush Loads

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Little Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Two on Five

Age 5 to 11
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Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

Making Cuboids

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Sea Defences

Age 7 to 14
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These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?

Seven Flipped

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Cuboid-in-a-box

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Two-digit Targets

Age 5 to 7
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You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

Cover the Tray

Age 7 to 11
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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Factors and Multiples Game

Age 7 to 16
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A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

Age 7 to 11
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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Triangle Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

How Tall?

Age 5 to 11
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A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

Making Maths: Rolypoly

Age 5 to 11
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Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Regular Rings 1

Age 7 to 11
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Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

Domino Sets

Age 7 to 11
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How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

Making Longer, Making Shorter

Age 5 to 7
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Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

Building Patterns

Age 7 to 11
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Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

Reef and Granny

Age 7 to 11
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Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

Fencing

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Escher Tessellations

Age 7 to 11
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This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Age 7 to 11
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Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11
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How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Factors and Multiples Game for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

Triangle Relations

Age 7 to 11
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What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Folding, Cutting and Punching

Age 7 to 11
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Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

Cutting Corners

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Cuisenaire Squares

Age 7 to 11
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These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

Baked Bean Cans

Age 5 to 7
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Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?

Counting Counters

Age 7 to 11
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Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Shaping Up

Age 7 to 11
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Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

Two by One

Age 7 to 11
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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Jomista Mat

Age 7 to 11
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Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Tricky Triangles

Age 5 to 7
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Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?