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Well Balanced

Stage: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.

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Making Maths: Celtic Knot Tiles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

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Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.

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Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

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Plaiting and Braiding

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

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Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a spiral mobile.

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Making Maths: String and Circles

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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Making Maths: Make a Pendulum

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?

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Back to the Practical?

Stage: 2 and 3

In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .

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Making Maths: Making a Tangram

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

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Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game to make and play based on the number line.

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This Fencing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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First Forward Into Logo 2: Polygons

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.

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First Forward Into Logo 3: Repeat REPEAT

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.

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Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

Stage: 2, 3 and 4

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

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First Forward Into Logo 4: Circles

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?

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First Forward Into Logo 5: Pen Up, Pen Down

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo

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Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Straight to Curves

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

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Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

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Making Maths: Stars

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

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Making Maths: A-maze-ing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

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Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a ball from triangles!

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Making Maths: Link-a-cube

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

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Sea Defences

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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Making Maths: Kites and Darts

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

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Tangram Pictures

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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Hoops/rope

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

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Making Tangrams

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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Four Colours

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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A Patchwork Piece

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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Two-digit Targets

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Dice Stairs

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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Making Longer, Making Shorter

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

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Making Maths: Rolypoly

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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Making Maths: Snowflakes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

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It's a Tie

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Making Maths: Five-point Snowflake

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

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Tricky Triangles

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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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Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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Reef and Granny

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

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Car Journey

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

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Pairs of Numbers

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?

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Folding

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Order the Changes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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Factors and Multiples Game

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?

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Observing the Sun and the Moon

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.