Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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 activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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?
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?
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.
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.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
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?
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?
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.
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?
This task challenges you to create symmetrical U shapes out of rods and find their areas.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
When intergalactic Wag Worms are born they look just like a cube. Each year they grow another cube in any direction. Find all the shapes that five-year-old Wag Worms can be.
This challenge is to design different step arrangements, which must go along a distance of 6 on the steps and must end up at 6 high.
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
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.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
My coat has three buttons. How many ways can you find to do up all the buttons?
Roll two red dice and a green dice. Add the two numbers on the red dice and take away the number on the green. What are all the different possible answers?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
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. . . .
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?
Chandra, Jane, Terry and Harry ordered their lunches from the sandwich shop. Use the information below to find out who ordered each sandwich.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.