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 tall objects.

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 timer?

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?

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

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?

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?

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.

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.

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

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

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

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

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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

How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?

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

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

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

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

Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?

More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.

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

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 Carroll diagrams.

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?

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

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.

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.