A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular
and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a
bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the
remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or
yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
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?
You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces
so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have
the same colour.
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
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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 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?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download
the cards or have a go on squared paper.
How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go together?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged
and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots
on the 8-point circle?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from
interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the
models together then compare your constructions.
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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 each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
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!
A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties
involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows
children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
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 sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?