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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
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.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
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?
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?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
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 five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
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?
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?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
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?
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 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?
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one 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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
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 practical activity involves measuring length/distance.