What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
In a right angled triangular field, three animals are tethered to posts at the midpoint of each side. Each rope is just long enough to allow the animal to reach two adjacent vertices. Only one animal. . . .
It is possible to dissect any square into smaller squares. What is
the minimum number of squares a 13 by 13 square can be dissected
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
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?
Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The
frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a
jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions
of. . . .
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
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?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back
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?
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?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Which hexagons tessellate?
A cheap and simple toy with lots of mathematics. Can you interpret
the images that are produced? Can you predict the pattern that will
be produced using different wheels?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Here are four tiles. They can be arranged in a 2 by 2 square so that this large square has a green edge. If the tiles are moved around, we can make a 2 by 2 square with a blue edge... Now try to. . . .
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 outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
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
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the
vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?