Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

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.

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.

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

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?

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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?

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

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

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?

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 workmen?

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

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?

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

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

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 shape. How would you describe it?

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

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

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

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 outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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?

The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.

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?

Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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

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?