Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mah Ling?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this teacup?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
A shape and space game for 2, 3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board.
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?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?