Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.

Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?

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?

Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?

A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?

Find a way to cut a 4 by 4 square into only two pieces, then rejoin the two pieces to make an L shape 6 units high.

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

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 watering can and man in a boat?

A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

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

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

The image in this problem is part of a piece of equipment found in the playground of a school. How would you describe it to someone over the phone?

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

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 lobster, yacht and cyclist?

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

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?

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

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

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!