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.
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you
flip it in these different ways?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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.
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?
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 practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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
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 total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
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?
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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. . . .
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
The triangle ABC is equilateral. The arc AB has centre C, the arc
BC has centre A and the arc CA has centre B. Explain how and why
this shape can roll along between two parallel tracks.
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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?