Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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?
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 ...
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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 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?
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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?
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.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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?
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.