What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?

Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.

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

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 this area?

What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

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?

This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.

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

A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?

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 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?

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.

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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 outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.

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 outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

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 outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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

On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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 this shape. How would you describe it?

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

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 lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .

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?

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

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

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?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

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

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.