If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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.
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?
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
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?
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 the candle and sundial?
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 these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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?
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you create more models that follow 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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?