Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking
if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new
rhythm at the same time?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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 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 best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10
are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the
largest possible number of houses in the square?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
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?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
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?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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 Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
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 these people?
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 shape. How would you describe it?
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?
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3
cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue
cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
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!
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?
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 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?
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.