Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?
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?
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.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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 problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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.
This practical investigation invites you to make tessellating shapes in a similar way to the artist Escher.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?
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 practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Surprise your friends with this magic square trick.
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
Can you recreate this Indian screen pattern? Can you make up similar patterns of your own?
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.
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?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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 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 problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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 ...
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?
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?
Generate three random numbers to determine the side lengths of a triangle. What triangles can you draw?
A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.