Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
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.
Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
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?
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?
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?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
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?
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?
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 is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Delight your friends with this cunning trick! Can you explain how it works?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
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?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.
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 is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
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?