Can you describe what happens in this film?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of 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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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.
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.
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.