Investigate the number of faces you can see when you arrange three cubes in different ways.
Vincent and Tara are making triangles with the class construction set. They have a pile of strips of different lengths. How many different triangles can they make?
Explore ways of colouring this set of triangles. Can you make
In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There
are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many
different ways can they build their houses?
Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or
shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start
with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids,
cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down
if we tried to make them?
How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take
to make these skeleton shapes?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
Make a chair and table out of interlocking cubes, making sure that the chair fits under the table!
Complete the squares - but be warned some are trickier than they
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?
This practical activity challenges you to create symmetrical
designs by cutting a square into strips.
This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just
straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of
sides and decorate them in the same way?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
My cube has inky marks on each face. Can you find the route it has
taken? What does each face look like?
These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the
half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could
investigate your own starting shape.
The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?
Sara and Will were sorting some pictures of shapes on cards. "I'll collect the circles," said Sara. "I'll take the red ones," answered Will. Can you see any cards they would both want?
Shapes are added to other shapes. Can you see what is happening? What is the rule?
Look at some of the patterns in the Olympic Opening ceremonies and see what shapes you can spot.
What's the difference between a circle and a spiral? Where can you find them? These images provoke talk about shapes, both natural and man-made.