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### Well Balanced

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

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.

### 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.

### Plaited Origami Polyhedra

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

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

### Making Maths: Celtic Knot Tiles

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

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

### Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

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

Make a spiral mobile.

### Making Maths: String and Circles

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

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.

### Cubic Conundrum

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

Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?

### Making Maths: Snake Pits

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

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

### First Forward Into Logo 5: Pen Up, Pen Down

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

Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo

### 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. . . .

### First Forward Into Logo 2: Polygons

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

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

### First Forward Into Logo 4: Circles

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

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

### Sea Defences

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

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?

### Making Maths: Making a Tangram

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### This Fencing

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Straight to Curves

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

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

### Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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.

### Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

### Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

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

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

### Making Maths: Make a Pendulum

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

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?

### Tangram Pictures

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

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

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Making Maths: Triangular Ball

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Make a ball from triangles!

### Making Maths: Kites and Darts

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

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

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

### Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

### Making Maths: A-maze-ing

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Making Maths: Stars

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### 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.

### It's a Tie

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### A Patchwork Piece

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Tricky Triangles

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

### Hoops/rope

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Making Tangrams

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Reef and Granny

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

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

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

### Two-digit Targets

##### Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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?

### Making Maths: Rolypoly

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

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

### Folding

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Making Maths: Snowflakes

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Car Journey

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

### Making Maths: Five-point Snowflake

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

### Counter Ideas

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

### Factors and Multiples Game

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

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

### Sports Equipment

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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?

### Paper Curves

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

### Midpoint Triangle

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

### Sort Them Out (2)

##### Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?