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?
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
Can you use small coloured cubes to make a 3 by 3 by 3 cube so that each face of the bigger cube contains one of each colour?
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.
Learn about Pen Up and Pen Down in Logo
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.
Build a scaffold out of drinking-straws to support a cup of water
More Logo for beginners. Now learn more about the REPEAT command.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
This is the second in a twelve part introduction to Logo for beginners. In this part you learn to draw polygons.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
I start with a red, a green and a blue marble. I can trade any of my marbles for two others, one of each colour. Can I end up with five more blue marbles than red after a number of such trades?
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.
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?
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 is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
How can you make a curve from straight strips of paper?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
You could use just coloured pencils and paper to create this design, but it will be more eye-catching if you can get hold of hammer, nails and string.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
The Tower of Hanoi is an ancient mathematical challenge. Working on the building blocks may help you to explain the patterns you notice.
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
How many differently shaped rectangles can you build using these equilateral and isosceles triangles? Can you make a square?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Learn how to draw circles using Logo. Wait a minute! Are they really circles? If not what are they?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
It's hard to make a snowflake with six perfect lines of symmetry, but it's fun to try!
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
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 ...