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?
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Make a ball from triangles!
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
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
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
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?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of 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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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.
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.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
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.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?