A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
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 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?
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.
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you
describe how you know?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
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.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
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 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.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 the child walking home from school?
How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take
to make these skeleton shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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 this goat and giraffe?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!