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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
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?
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?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
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?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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?
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 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
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?
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
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
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.
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!