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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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 clocks?

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 people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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 outline of Mai Ling?

Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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

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

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 these rabbits?

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

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

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

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

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

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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 ...

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?

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

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

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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?

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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

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?

Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

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

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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.

This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

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