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?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes 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?

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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 ...

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

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

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?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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

Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.

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?

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?

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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 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?

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

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?

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

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.

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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?

Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece 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.

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?

Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.

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?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

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

It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!

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?

Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?

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?

Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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?

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

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.