Remember that you want someone following behind you to see where you went. Can yo work out how these patterns were created and recreate them?
Just four procedures were used to produce a design. How was it done? Can you be systematic and elegant so that someone can follow your logic?
Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?
Explore this how this program produces the sequences it does. What are you controlling when you change the values of the variables?
How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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 counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
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?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
How many different shaped boxes can you design for 36 sweets in one layer? Can you arrange the sweets so that no sweets of the same colour are next to each other in any direction?
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?
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
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 activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
Suppose we allow ourselves to use three numbers less than 10 and multiply them together. How many different products can you find? How do you know you've got them all?
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.
Nina must cook some pasta for 15 minutes but she only has a 7-minute sand-timer and an 11-minute sand-timer. How can she use these timers to measure exactly 15 minutes?
How could you put eight beanbags in the hoops so that there are four in the blue hoop, five in the red and six in the yellow? Can you find all the ways of doing this?
A merchant brings four bars of gold to a jeweller. How can the jeweller use the scales just twice to identify the lighter, fake bar?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
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?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
Lolla bought a balloon at the circus. She gave the clown six coins to pay for it. What could Lolla have paid for the balloon?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
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?
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?
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 find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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.
This second Sudoku article discusses "Corresponding Sudokus" which are pairs of Sudokus with terms that can be matched using a substitution rule.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?