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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
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?
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.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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 dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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 greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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?
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 many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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 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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
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?
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?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?