For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

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

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?

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?

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

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?

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

Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?

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

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?

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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

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 outlines of these people?

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

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

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 this plaque design?

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

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

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

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 outline of the child walking home from school?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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?

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

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.

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

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?

You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

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

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?