In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is
the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images
help to explain this?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Here are the six faces of a cube - in no particular order. Here are
three views of the cube. Can you deduce where the faces are in
relation to each other and record them on the net of this cube?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
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 outlines of these clocks?
Find a way to cut a 4 by 4 square into only two pieces, then rejoin the two pieces to make an L shape 6 units high.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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 Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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 candle and sundial?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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.
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you
flip it in these different ways?
Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?