You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids,
cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down
if we tried to make them?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what
different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures?
Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see
how rigid triangles are.
Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the
basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week
in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees.
Who do you think is right?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?