How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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.
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?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
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?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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 order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
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?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
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 ...
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?