Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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 ...
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes 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.
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?
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?
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Kimie and Sebastian were making sticks from interlocking cubes and lining them up. Can they make their lines the same length? Can they make any other lines?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
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?
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down if we tried to make them?
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.
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?