Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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?
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 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.
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?
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.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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.
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge
invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes
I've used. Can you see any patterns?
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
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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!
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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?
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?