Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
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.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make a ball from triangles!
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
How is it possible to predict the card?
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.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up
similar patterns of your own?
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
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?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
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.