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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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
Make a ball from triangles!
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
How is it possible to predict the card?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
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.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
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?
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
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.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Make a spiral mobile.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
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.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
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?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
This package contains hands-on code breaking activities based on
the Enigma Schools Project. Suitable for Stages 2, 3 and 4.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Can you describe what happens in this film?