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

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?

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?

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?

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

Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

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?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

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

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?

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?

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

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

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

Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.

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?

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

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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?

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

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?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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?

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

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?

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.

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

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 predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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