Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
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 ...
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
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.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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?
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
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?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
In this activity focusing on capacity, you will need a collection of different jars and bottles.
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?
Kaia is sure that her father has worn a particular tie twice a week in at least five of the last ten weeks, but her father disagrees. Who do you think is right?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.