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 your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
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?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
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.
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?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
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.
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
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 most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
Make a spiral mobile.
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.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.