Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?

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?

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.

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?

Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?

Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?

A game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?

Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?

Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?

How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?

This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

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

What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.

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 outlines of these people?

Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves

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?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?

How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

How can the same pieces of the tangram make this bowl before and after it was chipped? Use the interactivity to try and work out what is going on!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

Can you use the interactive to complete the tangrams in the shape of butterflies?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?

Imagine a 4 by 4 by 4 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will not have holes drilled through them?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?