Cut differently-sized square corners from a square piece of paper to make boxes without lids. Do they all have the same volume?
An investigation that gives you the opportunity to make and justify predictions.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Add the sum of the squares of four numbers between 10 and 20 to the sum of the squares of three numbers less than 6 to make the square of another, larger, number.
Complete the magic square using the numbers 1 to 25 once each. Each row, column and diagonal adds up to 65.
Can you use this information to work out Charlie's house number?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?
A group of children are using measuring cylinders but they lose the labels. Can you help relabel them?
This practical challenge invites you to investigate the different squares you can make on a square geoboard or pegboard.
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?
What is the smallest number of tiles needed to tile this patio? Can you investigate patios of different sizes?
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?
How many ways can you find of tiling the square patio, using square tiles of different sizes?
Can you complete this calculation by filling in the missing numbers? In how many different ways can you do it?
Can you work out some different ways to balance this equation?
The pages of my calendar have got mixed up. Can you sort them out?
Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
In the planet system of Octa the planets are arranged in the shape of an octahedron. How many different routes could be taken to get from Planet A to Planet Zargon?
There are 44 people coming to a dinner party. There are 15 square tables that seat 4 people. Find a way to seat the 44 people using all 15 tables, with no empty places.
This problem is based on the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Investigate the different numbers of people and rats there could have been if you know how many legs there are altogether!
Make a pair of cubes that can be moved to show all the days of the month from the 1st to the 31st.
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?
Alice and Brian are snails who live on a wall and can only travel along the cracks. Alice wants to go to see Brian. How far is the shortest route along the cracks? Is there more than one way to go?
What do the digits in the number fifteen add up to? How many other numbers have digits with the same total but no zeros?
Tim's class collected data about all their pets. Can you put the animal names under each column in the block graph using the information?
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?
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?
There are seven pots of plants in a greenhouse. They have lost their labels. Perhaps you can help re-label them.
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.
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Ten cards are put into five envelopes so that there are two cards in each envelope. The sum of the numbers inside it is written on each envelope. What numbers could be inside the envelopes?
How many rectangles can you find in this shape? Which ones are differently sized and which are 'similar'?
Using the statements, can you work out how many of each type of rabbit there are in these pens?
If we had 16 light bars which digital numbers could we make? How will you know you've found them all?
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?
On a digital clock showing 24 hour time, over a whole day, how many times does a 5 appear? Is it the same number for a 12 hour clock over a whole day?
A thoughtful shepherd used bales of straw to protect the area around his lambs. Explore how you can arrange the bales.
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
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 the different ways you could split up these rooms so that you have double the number.
What is the smallest number of coins needed to make up 12 dollars and 83 cents?
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.
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?
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?