Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same 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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
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.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees. Who do you think is right?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?