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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
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.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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.
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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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 make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
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?
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?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
How is it possible to predict the card?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.