How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an
octagon in a square.
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns
with two different types of triangle. You could even try
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this
set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most
unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around
a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular
fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn
and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.