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.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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?
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?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
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?
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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
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?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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?
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 this telephone?
Here is a solitaire type environment for you to experiment with. Which targets can you reach?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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?
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?
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and
reasoning to agree a final product.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
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
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
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!
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 ...
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?