Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
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 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.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
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.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every day in the run-up to Christmas.
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?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in the run-up to Christmas.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
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.
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
A brief video looking at how you can sometimes use symmetry to distinguish knots. Can you use this idea to investigate the differences between the granny knot and the reef knot?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.