This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
Using angular.js to bind inputs to outputs
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Choose 13 spots on the grid. Can you work out the scoring system? What is the maximum possible score?
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
A train building game for 2 players.
A generic circular pegboard resource.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run
against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with
the planks of different lengths?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the
same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make
when the circles are different sizes?
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no
column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
Starting with the number 180, take away 9 again and again, joining up the dots as you go. Watch out - don't join all the dots!
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these
mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can
this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover
an eight by eight chessboard?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be
placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals
have an even number of red counters?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
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 Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many
different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back