Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
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!
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
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.
Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Find a way to cut a 4 by 4 square into only two pieces, then rejoin the two pieces to make an L shape 6 units high.
Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
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?
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.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the silhouette of the junk?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
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?
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?
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?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
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 outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
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?
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 this telephone?
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?
How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?