A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
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?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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?
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?
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
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.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
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?
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!
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 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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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.
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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 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?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
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.
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
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?