Use the interactivity to find out how many quarter turns the man must rotate through to look like each of the pictures.
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit
the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made
from the two pieces?
The red ring is inside the blue ring in this picture. Can you rearrange the rings in different ways? Perhaps you can overlap them or put one outside another?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you find out how the 6-triangle shape is transformed in these
tessellations? Will the tessellations go on for ever? Why or why
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of
pegs in our pegboard?
Sam and Rajul each had good strategies to help them solve this
Go to last month's problems to see more solutions.
This article describes the scope for practical exploration of tessellations both in and out of the classroom. It seems a golden opportunity to link art with maths, allowing the creative side of your children to take over.