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?
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?
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?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use
the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the
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.
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of
the film using cut-out triangles?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5,
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram
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.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
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?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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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?
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?
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?
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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 chairs?
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 the candle and sundial?
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 these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame
without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you
try the other shapes?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a
go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
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?