Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create
your own repeating pattern?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we
asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds
so find out which we might have bought.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame
without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you
try the other shapes?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
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 make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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?
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?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what
different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into
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?
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?
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,
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your
region or how to set up your own.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
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 outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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 clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?