Try this interactive strategy game for 2
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.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you
flip it in these different ways?
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?
In how many ways can you fit all three pieces together to make
shapes with line symmetry?
This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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?
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?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
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
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
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
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
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.
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand
face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he
had just finished spelling. How did this work?
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.
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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!
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?