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?

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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.

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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 these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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?

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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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 lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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?

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.