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

This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.

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

Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?

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

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

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

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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?

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

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

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

Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out - they become quite complicated!

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!

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 this junk?

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

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?

How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2 cube that is yellow all over?

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

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

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

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

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

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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

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

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

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

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?

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 the workmen?

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 candle and sundial?

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

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

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?

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 outline of Mai Ling?

Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?

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

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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