What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?

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

What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?

Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.

Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?

This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.

What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

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

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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

Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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

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

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

You have 27 small cubes, 3 each of nine colours. Use the small cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of every colour.

How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?

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 part introduces the use of Logo for number work. Learn how to use Logo to generate sequences of numbers.

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

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

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

Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.

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?

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

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?

As part of Liverpool08 European Capital of Culture there were a huge number of events and displays. One of the art installations was called "Turning the Place Over". Can you find our how it works?

Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques

Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.

I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?

Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.

More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.

Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo

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.

A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.

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

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

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?