These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?
Investigate all the different squares you can make on this 5 by 5 grid by making your starting side go from the bottom left hand point. Can you find out the areas of all these squares?
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 smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
The challenge here is to find as many routes as you can for a fence to go so that this town is divided up into two halves, each with 8 blocks.
When newspaper pages get separated at home we have to try to sort them out and get things in the correct order. How many ways can we arrange these pages so that the numbering may be different?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
You cannot choose a selection of ice cream flavours that includes totally what someone has already chosen. Have a go and find all the different ways in which seven children can have ice cream.
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?
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
In this game for two players, you throw two dice and find the product. How many shapes can you draw on the grid which have that area or perimeter?
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?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
My local DIY shop calculates the price of its windows according to the area of glass and the length of frame used. Can you work out how they arrived at these prices?
Ana and Ross looked in a trunk in the attic. They found old cloaks and gowns, hats and masks. How many possible costumes could they make?
During the third hour after midnight the hands on a clock point in the same direction (so one hand is over the top of the other). At what time, to the nearest second, does this happen?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
If you have three circular objects, you could arrange them so that they are separate, touching, overlapping or inside each other. Can you investigate all the different possibilities?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
Alice's mum needs to go to each child's house just once and then back home again. How many different routes are there? Use the information to find out how long each road is on the route she took.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Sally and Ben were drawing shapes in chalk on the school playground. Can you work out what shapes each of them drew using the clues?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
This task challenges you to create symmetrical U shapes out of rods and find their areas.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
If you put three beads onto a tens/ones abacus you could make the numbers 3, 30, 12 or 21. What numbers can be made with six beads?