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?
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 describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?
Watch this "Notes on a Triangle" film. Can you recreate parts of the film using cut-out triangles?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.
You will need a long strip of paper for this task. Cut it into different lengths. How could you find out how long each piece is?
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?
Cut a square of paper into three pieces as shown. Now,can you use the 3 pieces to make a large triangle, a parallelogram and the square again?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Using a loop of string stretched around three of your fingers, what different triangles can you make? Draw them and sort them into groups.
Can you make five differently sized squares from the tangram pieces?
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.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
You'll need a collection of cups for this activity.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
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?
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 ...
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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?
What is the largest number of circles we can fit into the frame without them overlapping? How do you know? What will happen if you try the other shapes?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
For this activity which explores capacity, you will need to collect some bottles and jars.