Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
A variant on the game Alquerque
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?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your prediction.
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?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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.
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?
Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?
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?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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!
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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?
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.
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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 outline of these convex shapes?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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 candle and sundial?