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.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Make a spiral mobile.
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.
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
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. . . .
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
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?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
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.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Make a ball from triangles!
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
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 of balls?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?