Shape Your Thinking

Shape your Thinking

These activities will encourage you to think flexibly about shape, position and movement (geometry). 

'Thinking flexibly' could mean, for example, that you try another way when you get stuck. Perhaps you realise that a task can have more than one solution. Perhaps you check a solution using a different method; or perhaps you think flexibly to create a new problem like one you have just tried. 

Repeating Patterns 

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level
Try continuing these patterns made from triangles. Can you create your own repeating pattern?

Paper Partners 

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

Board Block 

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?

Shadow Play 

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?

Tangram Tangle 

Age 5 to 7
Challenge Level
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?

Jig Shapes 

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level
Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?

Tangrams 

Age 5 to 11
Challenge Level
Can you make five differently sized squares from the interactive tangram pieces?

Tangram Browser 

Age 7 to 11
Explore our selection of interactive tangrams. Can you use the tangram pieces to re-create each picture?

Guess What? 

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level
Can you find out which 3D shape your partner has chosen before they work out your shape?

Shape Draw 

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level
Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

Always, Sometimes or Never? Shape 

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level
Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Stringy Quads 

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

Square Tangram 

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level
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?