What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups
- each group must contain one of each shape.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
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.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
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?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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?
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
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?
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 outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 outline of the child walking home from school?
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 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?
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
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.
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!
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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?
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge
invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes
I've used. Can you see any patterns?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?