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?
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?
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?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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.
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 can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
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 ...
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
What happens to the area of a square if you double the length of the sides? Try the same thing with rectangles, diamonds and other shapes. How do the four smaller ones fit into the larger one?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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?
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?
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?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
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?