This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
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?
You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.