Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups
- each group must contain one of each shape.
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
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!
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put
together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2
cube that is yellow all over?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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
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?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
ABCDEFGH is a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. Point P is 1/3 along AB (that is AP
: PB = 1 : 2), point Q is 1/3 along GH and point R is 1/3 along ED.
What is the area of the triangle PQR?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Four rods, two of length a and two of length b, are linked to form
a kite. The linkage is moveable so that the angles change. What is
the maximum area of the kite?
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?