This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
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?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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 telephone?
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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
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?
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by
the clue cards?
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
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.