This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
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?
The ancient Egyptians were said to make right-angled triangles using a rope with twelve equal sections divided by knots. What other triangles could you make if you had a rope like this?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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 brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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 outlines of these clocks?
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
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 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?
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
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?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?