This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
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.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
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?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
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?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
In how many ways can you fit two of these yellow triangles together? Can you predict the number of ways two blue triangles can be fitted together?
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?
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.