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