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.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Make a spiral mobile.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
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.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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. . . .
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
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 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.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make a ball from triangles!
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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.
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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
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
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.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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?
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?