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 why?
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of pegs in our pegboard?
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.
Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you flip it in these different ways?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
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?
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?
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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?
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 it up?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you recreate these designs? What are the basic units? What movement is required between each unit? Some elegant use of procedures will help - variables not essential.
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?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?
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 this area?
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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 brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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. . . .
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.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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.