Some of the Maths in a Suitcase Activities
Radiolara Flexible structures are made rigid by inserting struts along the edges balancing both compression and tension elements of a structure.
Skeleton Constructions are made using plastic rods and flexible corners. This activity introduces the concept of triangulation.
Sphere-Packing Users become engaged in a classical mathematics problem – Kepler’s Spheres – and compare the number and arrangements of spheres in a triangular based pyramid with those in a square based pyramid.
Doggie do There are two configurations for this three piece puzzle. Count the characters in each configuration. What has happened and why?
Endless Landscape A set of cards first printed in Leipzig in 1830, children are able to explore factoral progressions.
Donkeys A copy of a classic Sam Lloyd puzzle. The solution requires some sideways thinking.
Fences Slot the 6 fences together to separate the four animals. Selecting the right middle fences is key.
Conway cube American mathematician John Conway created this spatial puzzle. Arranging the pieces involves thinking about number and space.
One in a Thousand Find the one in a thousand and one in ten thousand to help visualise large numbers.
Frogs Devised in France by Edwarde Lucas in 1879. It is both a puzzle and a numerical curiosity.
GeoMirrors A selection of special kaleidoscopes designed to produce reflections of the Platonic Solids.
Whirling Squares This jigsaw graphically illustrates a Fibonacci progression using a jigsaw where each piece is a different sized square.