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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
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?
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?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
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?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
Make a spiral mobile.
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
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.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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 work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
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?
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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
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?
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?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
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.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.