Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets
do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
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?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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 outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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 outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 this telephone?
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?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
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?
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?
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 problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
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 class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can
you help them record what happened?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.