In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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

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?

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.

Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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?

Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?

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?

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?

A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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?

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

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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?

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.

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.

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

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 square again?

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 Granma T?

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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 challenge.

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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

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.

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?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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?

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

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 most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

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.