You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.