Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
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?
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
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?
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.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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.
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create
your own repeating pattern?
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There
are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many
different ways can they build their houses?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
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 most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
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?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put
into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out?
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?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him
next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that
the chair fits under the table!
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
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 create more models that follow these rules?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?