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?
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!
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?
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?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to
distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the
differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
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 these clocks?
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 brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
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
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?