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

This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

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?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

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 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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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

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?

These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with 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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

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?

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 outline of this telephone?

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 Little Fung at the table?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

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

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 workmen?

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 these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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

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?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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!

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?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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.

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

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

Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

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