Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
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 are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
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.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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?
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?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Arrange your fences to make the largest rectangular space you can. Try with four fences, then five, then six etc.
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?
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 is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Make a cube with three strips of paper. Colour three faces or use the numbers 1 to 6 to make a die.
Follow these instructions to make a three-piece and/or seven-piece tangram.
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.
How many models can you find which obey these rules?
Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Here are some ideas to try in the classroom for using counters to investigate number patterns.
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.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you create more models that follow these rules?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Have a go at drawing these stars which use six points drawn around a circle. Perhaps you can create your own designs?
These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?
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?
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and Carroll diagrams.
This practical problem challenges you to create shapes and patterns with two different types of triangle. You could even try overlapping them.
An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
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?
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?
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?
Can you make the most extraordinary, the most amazing, the most unusual patterns/designs from these triangles which are made in a special way?