Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

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?

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 practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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?

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.

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?

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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

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

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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

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

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

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

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

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

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

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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

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?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

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?

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