Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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?
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 is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 ...
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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.
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?
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.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
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?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
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?