Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make a ball from triangles!
You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
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.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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.
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.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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?
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 junk?
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?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
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?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
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?