Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups
- each group must contain one of each shape.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 outlines of the workmen?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
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.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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?
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
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?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?