This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
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 it up?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
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?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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. . . .
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Make a spiral mobile.
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?