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Alquerque II

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A variant on the game Alquerque

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Change Around

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

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Folding, Cutting and Punching

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.

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Red Even

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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?

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Horizontal Vertical

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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?

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Colour Wheels

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

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Take One Example

Stage: 1 and 2

This article introduces the idea of generic proof for younger children and illustrates how one example can offer a proof of a general result through unpacking its underlying structure.

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How Would We Count?

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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

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Prime Magic

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Place the numbers 1, 2, 3,..., 9 one on each square of a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows and columns add up to a prime number. How many different solutions can you find?

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World of Tan 17 - Weather

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?

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World of Tan 18 - Soup

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?

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Put Yourself in a Box

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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World of Tan 16 - Time Flies

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?

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World of Tan 14 - Celebrations

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Making Tangrams

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.

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Turning Cogs

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

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The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: the Importance of Instruction.

Stage: 1 and 2

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

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Bands and Bridges: Bringing Topology Back

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

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Multiplication Series: Illustrating Number Properties with Arrays

Stage: 1 and 2

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,. . . .

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Right or Left?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

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Hundred Square

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Sliding Puzzle

Stage: 1, 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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World of Tan 15 - Millennia

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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Shadow Play

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Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?

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World of Tan 24 - Clocks

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?

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Skeleton Shapes

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?

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World of Tan 22 - an Appealing Stroll

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?

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Cubes Within Cubes

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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World of Tan 25 - Pentominoes

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?

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World of Tan 27 - Sharing

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?

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World of Tan 26 - Old Chestnut

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Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?

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World of Tan 21 - Almost There Now

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

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World of Tan 20 - Fractions

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

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Penta Play

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.

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Diagonal Dodge

Stage: 2 and 3 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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.

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Twice as Big?

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

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Endless Noughts and Crosses

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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.

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Tangram Paradox

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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!

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World of Tan 19 - Working Men

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?

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Pattern Power

Stage: 1, 2 and 3

Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.

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World of Tan 9 - Animals

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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

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World of Tan 5 - Rocket

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?

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Clocking Off

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?

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Making Maths: Rolypoly

Stage: 1 and 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?

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Baravelle

Stage: 2, 3 and 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?

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The Development of Spatial and Geometric Thinking: Co-ordinating Space in Drawings

Stage: 1

This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.

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Paper Patchwork 1

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?

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World of Tan 1 - Granma T

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?

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Paper Patchwork 2

Stage: 1 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?

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Odd Squares

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

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?