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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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 ...
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
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.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
Are all the possible combinations of two shapes included in this set of 27 cards? How do you know?
Kate has eight multilink cubes. She has two red ones, two yellow, two green and two blue. She wants to fit them together to make a cube so that each colour shows on each face just once.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
Take 5 cubes of one colour and 2 of another colour. How many different ways can you join them if the 5 must touch the table and the 2 must not touch the table?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
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?
Make a ball from triangles!
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
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.
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
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?
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?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
The challenge for you is to make a string of six (or more!) graded cubes.
How many triangles can you make on the 3 by 3 pegboard?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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?