Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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 ...
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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.
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?
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?
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?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
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?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
In this article for primary teachers, Fran describes her passion for paper folding as a springboard for mathematics.
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.
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?
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 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?
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.
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?
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
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 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?
These practical challenges are all about making a 'tray' and covering it with paper.
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?
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?
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?
Follow the diagrams to make this patchwork piece, based on an octagon in a square.
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
This practical activity involves measuring length/distance.