Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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 Fung at the table?
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?
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 Little Ming playing the board game?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
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
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
At the time of writing the hour and minute hands of my clock are at
right angles. How long will it be before they are at right angles
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each
vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal
face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
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 ...
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
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 this telephone?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Use the interactivity to listen to the bells ringing a pattern. Now
it's your turn! Play one of the bells yourself. How do you know
when it is your turn to ring?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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!
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
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.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?