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Order the Changes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Car Journey

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

How Tall?

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level:

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

Take One Metre

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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?

Making Maths: Make a Pendulum

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?

Making Longer, Making Shorter

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

Compare the Cups

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.

Sizing Them Up

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Back to the Practical?

Stage: 2 and 3

In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .

Tangram Pictures

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

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

Making Maths: Snowflakes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

Making Maths: Stars

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

Making Maths: Five-point Snowflake

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

Chairs and Tables

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Thirsty?

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Can you lay out the pictures of the drinks in the way described by the clue cards?

Rearrange the Square

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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?

Sort Them Out (2)

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Making Maths: Equilateral Triangle Folding

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.

Making Maths: String and Circles

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

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.

A City of Towers

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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?

Making Maths: A-maze-ing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

Making Maths: Making a Tangram

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.

Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

Making Maths: Snake Pits

Stage: 1, 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

A game to make and play based on the number line.

Making Maths: Archimedes' Spiral

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

Make a spiral mobile.

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

Exploded Squares

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Triangle Relations

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Making Maths: Triangular Ball

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Make a ball from triangles!

Making Maths: Kites and Darts

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

Creating Cubes

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

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.

Making Maths: Walking Through a Playing Card?

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level:

It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?

Rectangles with Dominoes

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?

Celtic Knotwork Patterns

Stage: 2 and 3

This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.

This Fencing

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

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

Paper Patchwork 2

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Bottles (1)

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.

Bottles (2)

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.

Paper Partners

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Tangrams

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?

Paper Patchwork 1

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

Folding

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

Three Fingers and a Loop of String

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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

Star Find

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

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?

Hoops/rope

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Making Maths: Make a Magic Circle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.

Little Man

Stage: 1 Challenge Level:

The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

Paper Curves

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.

Making Maths: Test the Strength of a Triangle

Stage: 2 Challenge Level:

Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.