Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
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.
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet 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?
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.
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
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 a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
Did you know mazes tell stories? Find out more about mazes and make one of your own.
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Can you make five differently sized squares from the interactive tangram pieces?
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
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?
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
If these balls are put on a line with each ball touching the one in front and the one behind, which arrangement makes the shortest line of balls?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Follow these instructions to make a five-pointed snowflake from a square of paper.
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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?