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Torn Shapes

Age 7 to 11
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These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

Cover the Tray

Age 7 to 11
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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

My New Patio

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?

Shaping Up

Age 7 to 11
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Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

Peg and Pin Boards

Age 5 to 11

This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.

Making Squares

Age 7 to 11

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?

Two by One

Age 7 to 11
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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Tiles on a Patio

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?

More Transformations on a Pegboard

Age 7 to 11
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Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.

Numerically Equal

Age 7 to 11
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Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?

Making Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?

Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Square Corners

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Folded Number Line

Age 7 to 11
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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'.

Egyptian Rope

Age 7 to 11
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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?

More and More Buckets

Age 7 to 11
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In this challenge, buckets come in five different sizes. If you choose some buckets, can you investigate the different ways in which they can be filled?

Is a Square a Rectangle?

Age 7 to 11
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How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Cuboid-in-a-box

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Quadrilaterals

Age 7 to 11
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How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Crossing the Town Square

Age 7 to 11
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This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.

Fencing Lambs

Age 7 to 11
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A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.

LOGO Challenge - Following On

Age 11 to 18
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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?

Ribbon Squares

Age 7 to 11
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What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?

Polydron

Age 7 to 11
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This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

Nine-pin Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Counters in the Middle

Age 7 to 11
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This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.

Geoboards

Age 7 to 11
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This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.

Four Triangles Puzzle

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Tri-five

Age 7 to 11
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Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.

Tri.'s

Age 7 to 11
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How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?

Count the Trapeziums

Age 7 to 11
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How many trapeziums, of various sizes, are hidden in this picture?

Uncanny Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?

Area and Perimeter

Age 7 to 11
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What can you say about these shapes? This problem challenges you to create shapes with different areas and perimeters.

Eight Queens

Age 7 to 11
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Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.

Creating Cubes

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Ordered Ways of Working Upper Primary

Age 7 to 11
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These activities lend themselves to systematic working in the sense that it helps if you have an ordered approach.

Button-up Some More

Age 7 to 11
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How many ways can you find to do up all four buttons on my coat? How about if I had five buttons? Six ...?

Painting Possibilities

Age 7 to 11
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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. . . .

Map Folding

Age 7 to 11
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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?

LOGO Challenge - Pentagram Pylons

Age 11 to 18
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Pentagram Pylons - can you elegantly recreate them? Or, the European flag in LOGO - what poses the greater problem?

Chocs, Mints, Jellies

Age 7 to 11
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In a bowl there are 4 Chocolates, 3 Jellies and 5 Mints. Find a way to share the sweets between the three children so they each get the kind they like. Is there more than one way to do it?

Four Colours

Age 5 to 11
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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.

Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Age 7 to 14
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Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Room Doubling

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.

Stairs

Age 5 to 11
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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.

Hexpentas

Age 5 to 11
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How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Sociable Cards

Age 11 to 14
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Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?

Jigsaw Pieces

Age 7 to 11
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How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

Triangles to Tetrahedra

Age 11 to 14
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Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?