How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?

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?

Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?

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

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 Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

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

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

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 outline of this goat and giraffe?

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

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 junk?

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

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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

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

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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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 outlines of these people?

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

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

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

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

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 chairs?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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

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?

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

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 shape. How would you describe it?

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

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

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

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

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

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 Granma T?

Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.

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

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

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