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?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
A variant on the game Alquerque
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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,. . . .
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can
introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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?
Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
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?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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 can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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.
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
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?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
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!
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?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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 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?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.