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In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

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. . . .

Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?

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?

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?

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

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

Can you visualise whether these nets fold up into 3D shapes? Watch the videos each time to see if you were correct.

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.

What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use the interactivity to test your prediction.

How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?

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?

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.

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?

In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.

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.

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

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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,. . . .

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?

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

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?

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?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

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?

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!

If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?

Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?

What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

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?

A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?

One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?

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?

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