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Advent Calendar 2006

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NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.

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Advent Calendar 2008

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Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.

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Square Tangram

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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?

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World of Tan 14 - Celebrations

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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World of Tan 5 - Rocket

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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Triangular Faces

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This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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Putting Two and Two Together

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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?

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World of Tan 2 - Little Ming

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

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Midpoint Triangle

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Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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World of Tan 15 - Millennia

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

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World of Tan 8 - Sports Car

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

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World of Tan 16 - Time Flies

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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Folding Flowers 2

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Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

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Regular Rings 1

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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?

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World of Tan 12 - All in a Fluff

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

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Three Squares

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What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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World of Tan 9 - Animals

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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Making Tangrams

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Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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Cutting Corners

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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

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Making Maths: Rolypoly

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Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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Sticks and Triangles

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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?

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Seven Flipped

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Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

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Two by One

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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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World of Tan 7 - Gat Marn

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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Construct-o-straws

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Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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Making Maths: Happy Families

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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.

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World of Tan 3 - Mai Ling

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

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Making Maths: Double-sided Magic Square

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Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?

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World of Tan 11 - the Past, Present and Future

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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World of Tan 10 - Butterflies

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World of Tan 1 - Granma T

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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Sports Equipment

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If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

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Music to My Ears

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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?

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Four Layers

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Can you create more models that follow these rules?

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Jomista Mat

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Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

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World of Tan 29 - the Telephone

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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Two on Five

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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?

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Two Squared

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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?

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Cover the Tray

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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

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Factors and Multiples Game for Two

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Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?

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World of Tan 4 - Monday Morning

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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World of Tan 6 - Junk

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

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Reef and Granny

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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?

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World of Tan 27 - Sharing

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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World of Tan 28 - Concentrating on Coordinates

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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Escher Tessellations

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This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.

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World of Tan 20 - Fractions

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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Map Folding

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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?

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World of Tan 19 - Working Men

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?