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 timer?

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. . . .

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

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.

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.

Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

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.

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?

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?

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.

Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

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.

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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?

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

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

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?

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.

More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.

Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?

Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

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

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

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?

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

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.

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