The Challenge: Create an array with materials around your house. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
Materials needed: Go wild. Anything can work here: origami butterflies, shoes, paperclips, cereal, pencils… Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: arithmetic (multiplication), counting, proportions/ratios, sequences, symmetry
The Challenge: Make two different sizes of origami butterflies and then see what you notice and wonder about your pieces!
Materials Needed: At least two different sizes of square paper. (Can be obtained from non-square paper if you ask nicely.) Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: angles, proportions/ratio (particularly between length, area, volume)
The Challenge: Use something like a die or a coin to get random outputs. The probabilities don’t need to be equally spread! Assign a design to each output, and then get to designing. I have two examples for you below.
Materials Needed: Honestly, whatever you want. There are endless possibilities on this one. Some examples: paper & pencil (like above and in the video below), yarn (friend ship bracelets or crochet), legos… See the examples of other people’s work below! Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: Probability, probability distributions, randomness
The Challenge: Fold your very own Hyperbolic Plane from a simple piece of paper!
Materials Needed: A square piece of paper. Youtube instructional video below! Math conceptsyou could explore with this challenge: Algebra (how many folds per stage?), angles, counting, exponents, functions, geometry, Hyperbolic planes, proportions/ratios, sequences, symmetry, topology, vertices/intersections