Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
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?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
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 make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
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?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?