This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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 ...
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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.
Make a ball from triangles!
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
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?
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.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
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?
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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 shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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?
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 problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?