This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view. . . .

This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .

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?

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?

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

A game for 2 players. Can be played online. One player has 1 red counter, the other has 4 blue. The red counter needs to reach the other side, and the blue needs to trap the red.

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.

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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.

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 happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?

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

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.

The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?

A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

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?

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

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.

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,. . . .

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

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

Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.

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

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

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

Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?

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

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

This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .

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

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.

Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?

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

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?

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 describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?