Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
How is it possible to predict the card?
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Make a spiral mobile.
Make a ball from triangles!
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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. . . .
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
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
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a
huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations
was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.