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 birds from the egg tangram?

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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

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?

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?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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?

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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?

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

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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

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

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

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 outline of the child walking home from school?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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?

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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?

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?

The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

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?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?