How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
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?
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?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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.
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
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!
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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 make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
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 smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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.
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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.
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.