An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
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?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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 Little Ming playing the board game?
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
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?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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.
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
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?
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...