Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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 many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
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?
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
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?
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
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 different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
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?
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?
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.
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the clues to work out which cities Mohamed, Sheng, Tanya and Bharat live in.
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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. . . .
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Penta people, the Pentominoes, always build their houses from five square rooms. I wonder how many different Penta homes you can create?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
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 draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
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?
Seven friends went to a fun fair with lots of scary rides. They decided to pair up for rides until each friend had ridden once with each of the others. What was the total number rides?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
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?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
If these elves wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible, how many days can their fun last?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?
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?