Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
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?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 outline of this junk?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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 the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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 the chairs?
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 outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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 Little Fung at the table?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?