Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
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 ...
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
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?
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?
Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?
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?
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?