Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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 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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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 do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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 recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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 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 outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 the candle and sundial?
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 these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
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?
The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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 practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?