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?
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.
What is the relationship between these first two shapes? Which
shape relates to the third one in the same way? Can you explain
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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 article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
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.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.
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?
How many different symmetrical shapes can you make by shading triangles or squares?
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
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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 ...
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
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.
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?
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
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?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
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 outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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. . . .
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?
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!
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an
opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?