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?

Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

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 Little Fung at the table?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

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?

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.

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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 outlines of these clocks?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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 many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

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.

These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

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.

The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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?

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the 5 boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.