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
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
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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 relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
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?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
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 shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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 shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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 ...
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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 telephone?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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?