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?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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.
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?
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?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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 challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
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.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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 work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
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 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 outline of the child walking home from school?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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!
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?
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
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
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.