Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
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.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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 outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that
MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
Using different numbers of sticks, how many different triangles are
you able to make? Can you make any rules about the numbers of
sticks that make the most triangles?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
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?