What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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 article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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 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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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 ...
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?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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?
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 Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
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 the candle and sundial?
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are