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?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces
so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have
the same colour.
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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 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.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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!
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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 greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 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 Granma T?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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 Ming playing the board game?
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.
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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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.
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?