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?
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 many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
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?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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 create more models that follow these rules?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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?
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.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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 work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?