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.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
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 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.
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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. . . .
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.
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?
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
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?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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?
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.
Make a spiral mobile.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
A game to make and play based on the number line.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some 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?
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.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet 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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
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?
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.