Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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 the child walking home from school?

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 Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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?

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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 telephone?

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 outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

How can you make a curve from straight strips of 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?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...

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

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?

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

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.