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
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.
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?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create
your own repeating pattern?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
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.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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?
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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 recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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.
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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 the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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 the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
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?
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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by
the clue cards?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.