This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
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?
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?
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?
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 work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
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?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?
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?
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?
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 are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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 birds from the egg tangram?