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.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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 many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
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?
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?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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?
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 lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
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?
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.