How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
Can you help the children find the two triangles which have the lengths of two sides numerically equal to their areas?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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.
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 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?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Let's suppose that you are going to have a magazine which has 16 pages of A5 size. Can you find some different ways to make these pages? Investigate the pattern for each if you number the pages.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
What is the largest 'ribbon square' you can make? And the smallest? How many different squares can you make altogether?
Can you draw a square in which the perimeter is numerically equal to the area?
Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
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?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five equilateral triangles edge to edge.
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?
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'.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Here are four cubes joined together. How many other arrangements of four cubes can you find? Can you draw them on dotty paper?
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?
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?
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?
Investigate the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
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?
Place eight queens on an chessboard (an 8 by 8 grid) so that none can capture any of the others.
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 DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
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 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.
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.