Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
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.
Make a spiral mobile.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Make a ball from triangles!
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this
design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of
hammer, nails and string.
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
If you'd like to know more about Primary Maths Masterclasses, this
is the package to read! Find out about current groups in your
region or how to set up your own.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by
the clue cards?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The
resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to
encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
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.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.