Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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.
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?
Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!
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?
A game to make and play based on the number line.
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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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?
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?
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?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
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.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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.
Can you order pictures of the development of a frog from frogspawn and of a bean seed growing into a plant?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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?
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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 different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
Factors and Multiples game for an adult and child. How can you make sure you win this game?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.