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?

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 ...

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.

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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

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

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

Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.

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

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.

Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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.

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?

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?

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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

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

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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!

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?

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?

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

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 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?

Can you make the birds from the egg tangram?

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

The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.

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?

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?

Can you make dice stairs using the rules stated? How do you know you have all the possible stairs?

These squares have been made from Cuisenaire rods. Can you describe the pattern? What would the next square look like?

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

An activity making various patterns with 2 x 1 rectangular tiles.

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

What do these two triangles have in common? How are they related?

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?

Make new patterns from simple turning instructions. You can have a go using pencil and paper or with a floor robot.

In this challenge, you will work in a group to investigate circular fences enclosing trees that are planted in square or triangular arrangements.

Use the tangram pieces to make our pictures, or to design some of your own!