Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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 ...
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
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.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Let's say you can only use two different lengths - 2 units and 4 units. Using just these 2 lengths as the edges how many different cuboids can you make?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
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?