What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half
way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the
interactivity to check your visualisation.
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can
introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.
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!
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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?
Find a way to cut a 4 by 4 square into only two pieces, then rejoin the two pieces to make an L shape 6 units high.
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.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red
counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the
other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
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.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an
opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take
to make these skeleton shapes?
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop pupils'
mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on
“visualising” and is designed to meet the needs. . . .
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you
describe how you know?
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?
What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?
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?
Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of
Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times
would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
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 outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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 candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?