Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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 can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
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 triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
How is it possible to predict the card?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?