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?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
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.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
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.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?