Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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 this junk?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?