Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

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

Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

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?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

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.

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

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

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

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 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 outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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?

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?