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. . . .
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
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.
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
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
Make a spiral mobile.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Make a ball from triangles!
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a
huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations
was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?
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.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
How is it possible to predict the card?
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?
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?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The
resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to
encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
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.
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
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?
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 make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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.
Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
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
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?
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 can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?