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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
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?
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.
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?
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 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?
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?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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 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.
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
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.
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
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 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?
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.
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?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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?