What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover this area?
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
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?
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.
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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.
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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 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 can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Can you arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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?
Is it possible to remove ten unit cubes from a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that the surface area of the remaining solid is the same as the surface area of the original?
Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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.
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.