Make an equilateral triangle by folding paper and use it to make patterns of your own.
Make a clinometer and use it to help you estimate the heights of tall objects.
Make some celtic knot patterns using tiling techniques
This article for pupils gives an introduction to Celtic knotwork patterns and a feel for how you can draw them.
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
This article for students gives some instructions about how to make some different braids.
In this article for teachers, Bernard uses some problems to suggest that once a numerical pattern has been spotted from a practical starting point, going back to the practical can help explain. . . .
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
More Logo for beginners. Learn to calculate exterior angles and draw regular polygons using procedures and variables.
Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?
Logo helps us to understand gradients of lines and why Muggles Magic is not magic but mathematics. See the problem Muggles magic.
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
Turn through bigger angles and draw stars with Logo.
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Can you use small coloured cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of each colour?
Exploring balance and centres of mass can be great fun. The resulting structures can seem impossible. Here are some images to encourage you to experiment with non-breakable objects of your own.
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
Here is a chance to create some attractive images by rotating shapes through multiples of 90 degrees, or 30 degrees, or 72 degrees or...
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?
How is it possible to predict the card?
Make a spiral mobile.
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
I start with a red, a blue, a green and a yellow marble. I can trade any of my marbles for three others, one of each colour. Can I end up with exactly two marbles of each colour?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know when it is your turn to ring?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
A jigsaw where pieces only go together if the fractions are equivalent.
It might seem impossible but it is possible. How can you cut a playing card to make a hole big enough to walk through?
Galileo, a famous inventor who lived about 400 years ago, came up with an idea similar to this for making a time measuring instrument. Can you turn your pendulum into an accurate minute timer?
Draw whirling squares and see how Fibonacci sequences and golden rectangles are connected.
Can you describe what happens in this film?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
Use the interactivity to play two of the bells in a pattern. How do you know when it is your turn to ring, and how do you know which bell to ring?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
Here is a chance to create some Celtic knots and explore the mathematics behind them.
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
Move your counters through this snake of cards and see how far you can go. Are you surprised by where you end up?
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
A game in which players take it in turns to choose a number. Can you block your opponent?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?