Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of sticks that make the most triangles?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?

Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?

This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?

Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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?

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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?

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?