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
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.
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 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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These
questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
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!
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
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 make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
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?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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 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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
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?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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 junk?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
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.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a