Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
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?
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 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?
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?
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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
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?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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 junk?
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 telephone?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.