Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
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 problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Make a ball from triangles!
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
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.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
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?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
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 outlines of the workmen?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
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 the chairs?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?