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 ...
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?
Have you noticed that triangles are used in manmade structures? Perhaps there is a good reason for this? 'Test a Triangle' and see how rigid triangles are.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
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?
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
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.
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 shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Have you ever noticed the patterns in car wheel trims? These questions will make you look at car wheels in a different way!
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Watch the video to see how to fold a square of paper to create a flower. What fraction of the piece of paper is the small triangle?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?