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?
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 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 you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
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?
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
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?
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?
If you count from 1 to 20 and clap more loudly on the numbers in the two times table, as well as saying those numbers loudly, which numbers will be loud?
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?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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.
If you have ten counters numbered 1 to 10, how many can you put into pairs that add to 10? Which ones do you have to leave out? Why?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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.
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?
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?
Can you see which tile is the odd one out in this design? Using the basic tile, can you make a repeating pattern to decorate our wall?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 models can you find which obey these rules?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical designs by cutting a square into strips.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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 ...
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!