What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
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?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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?
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 activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
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.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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 outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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 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?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
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?