Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you
flip it in these different ways?
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
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.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
A cylindrical helix is just a spiral on a cylinder, like an ordinary spring or the thread on a bolt. If I turn a left-handed helix over (top to bottom) does it become a right handed helix?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
Triangles are formed by joining the vertices of a skeletal cube. How many different types of triangle are there? How many triangles altogether?
A triangle ABC resting on a horizontal line is "rolled" along the
line. Describe the paths of each of the vertices and the
relationships between them and the original triangle.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
The diagram shows a very heavy kitchen cabinet. It cannot be lifted but it can be pivoted around a corner. The task is to move it, without sliding, in a series of turns about the corners so that it. . . .
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
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 outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
How many different ways can I lay 10 paving slabs, each 2 foot by 1
foot, to make a path 2 foot wide and 10 foot long from my back door
into my garden, without cutting any of the paving slabs?
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
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!
A train leaves on time. After it has gone 8 miles (at 33mph) the driver looks at his watch and sees that the hour hand is exactly over the minute hand. When did the train leave the station?
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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?
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Take a line segment of length 1. Remove the middle third. Remove
the middle thirds of what you have left. Repeat infinitely many
times, and you have the Cantor Set. Can you picture it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Which hexagons tessellate?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an
opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and
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 dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9,
12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?
Blue Flibbins are so jealous of their red partners that they will
not leave them on their own with any other bue Flibbin. What is the
quickest way of getting the five pairs of Flibbins safely to. . . .
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or