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 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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!
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny
knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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.
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 chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
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 outline of Granma T?
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain
why are they called pyramid numbers?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the
remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or
yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
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
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.