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.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles
together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can
be fitted together?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to
another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number
and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you
move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up
with the same arrangement?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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. . . .
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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 the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
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 Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an
opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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.
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.