Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
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 is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
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?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
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?
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.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
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?
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 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 Little Fung at the table?
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 this telephone?
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?
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?
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 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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 ...
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?