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.
A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular
and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a
bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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?
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 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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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 game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
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?
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?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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 this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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 this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
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.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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 Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
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?