Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?
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?
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?
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?
Here are the six faces of a cube - in no particular order. Here are
three views of the cube. Can you deduce where the faces are in
relation to each other and record them on the net of this cube?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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.
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
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?
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
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that
share their sides.
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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 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!
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
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 Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?