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?

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 describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.

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?

Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.

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?

This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.

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 outline of Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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 outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

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?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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 the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

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 ...

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

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?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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?

This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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?

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?

Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?

NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.