Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?
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!
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to
another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number
and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3
cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue
cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the
remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or
yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes.
If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you
picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular
and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a
bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups
- each group must contain one of each shape.
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
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two
parts are exactly the same?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at
these examples and then try some for yourself.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you
flip it in these different ways?
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?