You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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
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?
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
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating
shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create
your own repeating pattern?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him
next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 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?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe
the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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 make five differently sized squares from the tangram
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
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
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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 recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?