Visualising at KS1

Young children are often good at imagining - in these tasks we ask them to use their imaginations in a mathematical way.

Shadow Play

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?

Happy Halving

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?

Cubes Cut Into Four Pieces

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?

Skeleton Shapes

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?

Overlaps

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

What does the overlap of these two shapes look like? Try picturing it in your head and then use some cut-out shapes to test your prediction.

Cover the Camel

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level

Can you cover the camel with these pieces?

Hundred Square

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?

How Would We Count?

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.

Holes

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level

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?

Arranging Cubes

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

A task which depends on members of the group working collaboratively to reach a single goal.

Square It

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.