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?
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.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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 put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Make a spiral mobile.
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in 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?
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 outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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 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.
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?