Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
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?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
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?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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 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 outlines of these clocks?
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 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 Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
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 junk?
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 describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!