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Tangrams

Age 5 to 11
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Can you make five differently sized squares from the interactive tangram pieces?

Fit These Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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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?

Triangle Shapes

Age 5 to 11
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This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.

Cutting Corners

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?

Two Squared

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Making Maths: Rolypoly

Age 5 to 11
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Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

Square Corners

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Fractional Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Triangle Relations

Age 7 to 11
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What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

Putting Two and Two Together

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Regular Rings 1

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Making Maths: Link-a-cube

Age 7 to 11
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Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.

Getting an Angle

Age 11 to 14
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How can you make an angle of 60 degrees by folding a sheet of paper twice?

Next Size Up

Age 7 to 11
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The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.

Polydron

Age 7 to 11
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This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

Cuboid-in-a-box

Age 7 to 11
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What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?

Jomista Mat

Age 7 to 11
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Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Cut and Make

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Car Journey

Age 7 to 11
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This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.

How Tall?

Age 5 to 11
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A group of children are discussing the height of a tall tree. How would you go about finding out its height?

Reef and Granny

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Fencing

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Double Your Popcorn, Double Your Pleasure

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Sponge Sections

Age 7 to 11
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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.

Cover the Tray

Age 7 to 11
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These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.

Folding

Age 7 to 11
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What shapes can you make by folding an A4 piece of paper?

Sea Defences

Age 7 to 14
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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?

Stringy Quads

Age 7 to 11
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This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Cereal Packets

Age 7 to 11
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How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

Domino Sets

Age 7 to 11
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How do you know if your set of dominoes is complete?

Folding, Cutting and Punching

Age 7 to 11
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Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

Construct-o-straws

Age 7 to 11
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Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

This Fencing

Age 7 to 11
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Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.

Hoops/rope

Age 7 to 11
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Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.

Let Us Reflect

Age 7 to 11
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Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

Sticks and Triangles

Age 7 to 11
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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?

It's a Tie

Age 7 to 11
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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?

Triangular Faces

Age 7 to 11
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This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

Two by One

Age 7 to 11
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An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

Shaping Up

Age 7 to 11
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Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?

Counting Counters

Age 7 to 11
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Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

Making Maths: Birds from an Egg

Age 7 to 11
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Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

Four Layers

Age 5 to 11
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Can you create more models that follow these rules?

Regular Rings 2

Age 7 to 11
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What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

Building Patterns

Age 7 to 11
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Can you deduce the pattern that has been used to lay out these bottle tops?

Sort Them Out (2)

Age 7 to 11
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Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Which Solids Can We Make?

Age 11 to 14
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Interior angles can help us to work out which polygons will tessellate. Can we use similar ideas to predict which polygons combine to create semi-regular solids?

The Hair Colour Game

Age 7 to 11
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The class were playing a maths game using interlocking cubes. Can you help them record what happened?

Three Sets of Cubes, Two Surfaces

Age 7 to 11
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How many models can you find which obey these rules?

Paper Curves

Age 7 to 11
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This is a simple paper-folding activity that gives an intriguing result which you can then investigate further.