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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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?

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

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 these clocks?

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

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 telephone?

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 Mai Ling?

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 the candle and sundial?

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

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 and Little Fung dancing?

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 sports car?

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 junk?

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

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

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

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

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 the rocket?

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?

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

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 work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?

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

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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

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

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.

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

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

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

For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

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?