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?
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
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?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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 triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
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?
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Make a mobius band and investigate its properties.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
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.
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?
This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.