Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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?
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 ...
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
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 split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
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.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
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?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
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?