Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these
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?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing
it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
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?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3
cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue
cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these
operations. What number do you end on?
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 playing the board game?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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 these clocks?
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 outlines of these people?
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?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels
of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of
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 Granma T?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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 outline of the telescope and microscope?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.