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?

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 this goat and giraffe?

For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...

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

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?

Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.

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 plaque design?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

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

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

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

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

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?

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

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

Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?

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

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?

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

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

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