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?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 ...
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
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?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Can you work out what shape is made by folding in this way? Why not create some patterns using this shape but in different sizes?
Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that you cannot fit another that's the same into it?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
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?
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Building up a simple Celtic knot. Try the interactivity or download the cards or have a go on squared paper.
What are the next three numbers in this sequence? Can you explain why are they called pyramid numbers?
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?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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 these convex shapes?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
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!
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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 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.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?