Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
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?
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 flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
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?
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.