How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take
to make these skeleton shapes?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces.
Can you see which pieces go 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?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
We have a box of cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids,
cylinders and tetrahedrons. Which of the buildings would fall down
if we tried to make them?
This problem focuses on Dienes' Logiblocs. What is the same and
what is different about these pairs of shapes? Can you describe the
shapes in the picture?
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.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral
triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them
How many different shapes can you make by putting four right-
angled isosceles triangles together?
How can you put five cereal packets together to make different
shapes if you must put them face-to-face?
Find all the different shapes that can be made by joining five
equilateral triangles edge to edge.
This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you
give your collection a name?
Read about David Hilbert who proved that any polygon could be cut up into a certain number of pieces that could be put back together to form any other polygon of equal area.
Can you make these equilateral triangles fit together to cover the
paper without any gaps between them? Can you tessellate isosceles
You can trace over all of the diagonals of a pentagon without
lifting your pencil and without going over any more than once. Can
the same thing be done with a hexagon or with a heptagon?
This investigation explores using different shapes as the hands of
the clock. What things occur as the the hands move.