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Building with Solid Shapes

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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?

Compare the Cups

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You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.

Three Fingers and a Loop of String

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Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.

Chairs and Tables

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Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

Bottles (1)

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For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

Bottles (2)

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In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

Four Layers

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Can you create more models that follow these rules?

Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

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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.

Star Find

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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?

Rearrange the Square

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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?

Seven Sticks

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

Paper Patchwork 2

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Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Exploded Squares

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This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.

Repeating Patterns

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

Folding

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What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

Take One Metre

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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?

Paper Partners

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Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

Fencing

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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Rectangles with Dominoes

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Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?

A Patchwork Piece

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Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

Sticks and Triangles

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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?

Jomista Mat

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Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Triangle Shapes

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This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

World of Tan 21 - Almost There Now

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

It's a Tie

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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?

World of Tan 20 - Fractions

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

Making Tangrams

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

Hoops/rope

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Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Cutting Corners

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

Animated Triangles

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Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?

Making Maths: Indian Window Screen

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Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

World of Tan 27 - Sharing

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

World of Tan 28 - Concentrating on Coordinates

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

World of Tan 26 - Old Chestnut

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

World of Tan 25 - Pentominoes

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

World of Tan 24 - Clocks

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

World of Tan 29 - the Telephone

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

Making Maths: Stars

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Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

Let Us Reflect

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Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

Dienes' Logiblocs

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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?

World of Tan 6 - Junk

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

Two Squared

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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?

Two on Five

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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?

World of Tan 22 - an Appealing Stroll

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Construct-o-straws

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Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

It's a Fence!

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In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

This Fencing

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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Thirsty?

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Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?