A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
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?
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?
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?
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.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
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 models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
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.
What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.
How many shapes can you build from three red and two green cubes? Can you use what you've found out to predict the number for four red and two green?
This task challenges you to create symmetrical U shapes out of rods and find their areas.
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Suppose there is a train with 24 carriages which are going to be put together to make up some new trains. Can you find all the ways that this can be done?
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.
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.
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
Place eight dots on this diagram, so that there are only two dots on each straight line and only two dots on each circle.
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.
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?
Sitting around a table are three girls and three boys. Use the clues to work out were each person is sitting.
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
On a digital 24 hour clock, at certain times, all the digits are consecutive. How many times like this are there between midnight and 7 a.m.?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps to have an ordered approach.
These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
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?
In how many ways can you stack these rods, following the rules?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
What could the half time scores have been in these Olympic hockey matches?
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?
These activities focus on finding all possible solutions so working in a systematic way will ensure none are left out.
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.
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?
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. . . .
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
Systematically explore the range of symmetric designs that can be created by shading parts of the motif below. Use normal square lattice paper to record your results.
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
When I fold a 0-20 number line, I end up with 'stacks' of numbers on top of each other. These challenges involve varying the length of the number line and investigating the 'stack totals'.