This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what
different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
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?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at
these examples and then try some for yourself.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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 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?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
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?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns 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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?