Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
A game to make and play based on the number line.
Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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?
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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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 ...
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a 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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
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?
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 you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
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?
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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
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?
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.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?