Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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.
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?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 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 work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
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?
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?
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?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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 ...
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?