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?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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 up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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 candle and sundial?
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
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.
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?
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 outline of Mai Ling?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?
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 these rabbits?
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 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 outlines of these clocks?