Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
A variant on the game Alquerque
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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?
Can you predict when you'll be clapping and when you'll be clicking if you start this rhythm? How about when a friend begins a new rhythm at the same time?
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?
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 candle and sundial?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
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.
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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?
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?
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!
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 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 fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
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.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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 people?
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?
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 these clocks?
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 this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?