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 them?

Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?

Can you arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?

We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?

How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.

On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?