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Purposeful Paper Folding

Age 5 to 11

In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.

Dice Stairs

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

How Many?

Age 5 to 7
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This project challenges you to work out the number of cubes hidden under a cloth. What questions would you like to ask?

It's a Fence!

Age 5 to 11
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In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

Building Patterns

Age 7 to 11
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Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11
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How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Triangle Relations

Age 7 to 11
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What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Tricky Triangles

Age 5 to 7
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Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

Hoops/rope

Age 7 to 11
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Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Two by One

Age 7 to 11
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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Shaping Up

Age 7 to 11
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Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

Seven Flipped

Age 7 to 11
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Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Baked Bean Cans

Age 5 to 7
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Is there a best way to stack cans? What do different supermarkets do? How high can you safely stack the cans?

Cutting Corners

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Making Sticks

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Triangle Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Making Cuboids

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Two on Five

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Making Longer, Making Shorter

Age 5 to 7
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Ahmed is making rods using different numbers of cubes. Which rod is twice the length of his first rod?

Little Boxes

Age 7 to 11
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How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

Move Those Halves

Age 7 to 11
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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 ...

Little Man

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Pyramid Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

The Hair Colour Game

Age 7 to 11
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The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

Cover the Tray

Age 7 to 11
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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Domino Sets

Age 7 to 11
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How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

How Tall?

Age 5 to 11
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A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

Sports Equipment

Age 7 to 11
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If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?

Order the Changes

Age 7 to 11
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Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

Age 7 to 11
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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Four Layers

Age 5 to 11
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Can you create more models that follow these rules?

Bryony's Triangle

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Pairs of Numbers

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Making Maths: Be a Mathemagician

Age 7 to 11
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Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.

Fit These Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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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?

The Numbers Give the Design

Age 7 to 11
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Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

Sort Them Out (2)

Age 7 to 11
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Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Map Folding

Age 7 to 11
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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?

A City of Towers

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Egyptian Rope

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Two-digit Targets

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Halving

Age 5 to 7
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These pictures show squares split into halves. Can you find other ways?

Chairs and Tables

Age 5 to 7
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Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!

Square Corners

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Dienes' Logiblocs

Age 5 to 7
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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?

Polydron

Age 7 to 11
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This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

Making Maths: Happy Families

Age 5 to 11
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Here is a version of the game 'Happy Families' for you to make and play.