This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical
designs by cutting a square into strips.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use
the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 activity involves measuring length/distance.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
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 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 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 clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?