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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?

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?

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?

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?

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

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

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?

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.

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.

Four Colours

Age 5 to 11
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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.

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?

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?

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?

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

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

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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

Tri.'s

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

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?

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.

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?

Pyramid Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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?

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.

Triangle Relations

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

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?

Two by One

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

Two Squared

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

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.

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.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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

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?

Little Man

Age 5 to 7
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The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

Chairs and Tables

Age 5 to 7
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Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

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?

Bryony's Triangle

Age 7 to 11
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Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?

Seven Sticks

Age 5 to 7
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Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

Pairs of Numbers

Age 5 to 7
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If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?

Fit These Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Order the Changes

Age 7 to 11
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Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Halving

Age 5 to 7
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These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

It's a Fence!

Age 5 to 11
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In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

Double Your Popcorn, Double Your Pleasure

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Counter Ideas

Age 7 to 11
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Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

Sports Equipment

Age 7 to 11
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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?

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?

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.

Turning Granny

Age 7 to 11
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A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?