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
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. . . .
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both
sides once you've made the pieces?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a
playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
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.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use
the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part
of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Make a ball from triangles!
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make
patterns of your own.
Make a spiral mobile.
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
How is it possible to predict the card?
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?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make
one of your own.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork
patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
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.
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.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
This part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these
equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
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?
Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
What happens when a procedure calls itself?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry,
but it's fun to try!
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.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a
square of paper.
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
Can you puzzle out what sequences these Logo programs will give? Then write your own Logo programs to generate sequences.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you
can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.