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 is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its
area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you
describe how you know?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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.
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
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 watering can and man in a boat?
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
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.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.