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

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

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?

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?

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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 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?

How many models can you find which obey these rules?

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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?

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

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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

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

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

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 make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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.

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 outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?