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 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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
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?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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?
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.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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?
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?
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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
You have a set of the digits from 0 – 9. Can you arrange these in the five boxes to make two-digit numbers as close to the targets as possible?
These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
The Man is much smaller than us. Can you use the picture of him next to a mug to estimate his height and how much tea he drinks?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Can you make a rectangle with just 2 dominoes? What about 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Explore the triangles that can be made with seven sticks of the same length.