Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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.
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.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
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?
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.
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 models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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 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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
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?
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?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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 make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.