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Square Tangram

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This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?

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Three Fingers and a Loop of String

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Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.

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Seven Sticks

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Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

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Paper Patchwork 2

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Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

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Repeating Patterns

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Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

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Advent Calendar 2006

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

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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Making Maths: Happy Families

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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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Advent Calendar 2008

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Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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Paper Partners

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Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

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Folding

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What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

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World of Tan 29 - the Telephone

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

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World of Tan 28 - Concentrating on Coordinates

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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World of Tan 27 - Sharing

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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World of Tan 26 - Old Chestnut

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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Two Squared

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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?

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Sticks and Triangles

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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?

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World of Tan 6 - Junk

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

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Little Boxes

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How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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World of Tan 9 - Animals

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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World of Tan 7 - Gat Marn

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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World of Tan 24 - Clocks

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

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World of Tan 12 - All in a Fluff

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

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World of Tan 18 - Soup

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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World of Tan 16 - Time Flies

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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World of Tan 15 - Millennia

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

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World of Tan 19 - Working Men

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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World of Tan 11 - the Past, Present and Future

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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World of Tan 14 - Celebrations

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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World of Tan 22 - an Appealing Stroll

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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World of Tan 21 - Almost There Now

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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World of Tan 20 - Fractions

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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World of Tan 25 - Pentominoes

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

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Tricky Triangles

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

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Fit These Shapes

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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?

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Four Layers

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Can you create more models that follow these rules?

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Shapely Lines

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This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

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It's a Fence!

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In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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Map Folding

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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?

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Sports Equipment

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If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

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How Tall?

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

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Take One Metre

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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?

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Bottles (2)

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In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

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Bottles (1)

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For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

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Compare the Cups

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You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.

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Halving

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These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

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Chairs and Tables

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Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

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Stringy Quads

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This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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Rearrange the Square

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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?

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Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

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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.