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?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of
the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other
shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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?
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?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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?
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 shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its
area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
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 is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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
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 ...
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
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?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?