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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
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?
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.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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 a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
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 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.
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?