This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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 outline of this junk?

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

Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?

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.

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?

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

Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out - they become quite complicated!

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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?

How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2 cube that is yellow all over?

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

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

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

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 outlines of the chairs?

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?

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

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

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.

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 the watering can and man in a boat?

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?

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

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

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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 these people?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of pegs in our pegboard?

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

Can you picture where this letter "F" will be on the grid if you flip it in these different ways?

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?

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?

For this task, you'll need an A4 sheet and two A5 transparent sheets. Decide on a way of arranging the A5 sheets on top of the A4 sheet and explore ...

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