In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest
that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical
starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Make a spiral mobile.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
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.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up
with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring
instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make a ball from triangles!
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Time for a little mathemagic! Choose any five cards from a pack and show four of them to your partner. How can they work out the fifth?
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
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.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do
you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which
bell to ring?
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Can you describe what happens in this film?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
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
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.