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

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

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

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?

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?

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

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?

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

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

Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.

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

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?

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?

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?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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?

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

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.

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

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

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

Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

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 telephone?

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 the child walking home from school?

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

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

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 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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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 recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?

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

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?

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