Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Can you describe what happens in this film?
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating
shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
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?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc
BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why
this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
Starting with four different triangles, imagine you have an
unlimited number of each type. How many different tetrahedra can
you make? Convince us you have found them all.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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 make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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 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 outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded
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
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice?
How could you sort the cards?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.