Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card?
What will the rest of it look like?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
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?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram
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
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this
design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of
hammer, nails and string.
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?
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.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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.
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?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?