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.
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.
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.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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 greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
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 different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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 order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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 many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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?
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.
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?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.