An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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?

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?

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.

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 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?

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

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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?

Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

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

This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

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?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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.

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?

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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.

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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 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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?