Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
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 practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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
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?
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
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?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use
the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are
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?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4
units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different
cuboids can you make?
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.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?