Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
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?
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 create more models that follow these rules?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.
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?
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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?
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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the shapes in the picture?
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
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?
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?
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.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
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?
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?
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?