Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
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?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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?
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?
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?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 the child walking home from school?
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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
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 outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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 outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at 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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
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?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?