Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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. . . .
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece 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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.