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?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
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.
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?
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?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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?
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?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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.