This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
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?
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 make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
We went to the cinema and decided to buy some bags of popcorn so we asked about the prices. Investigate how much popcorn each bag holds so find out which we might have bought.
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
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?
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?
Using these kite and dart templates, you could try to recreate part of Penrose's famous tessellation or design one yourself.
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 is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
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!
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet 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?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
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 problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
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.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?