Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

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 your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

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

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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

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 ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?

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

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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 the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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?

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 clocks?

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

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

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

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 outlines of these people?

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?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.