What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are
outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you
work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall
and work out a way they might fit together?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its
area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half
way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the
interactivity to check your visualisation.
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to
wrap it so that it is completely covered.
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?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can
introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
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.
A package contains a set of resources designed to develop pupils'
mathematical thinking. This package places a particular emphasis on
“visualising” and is designed to meet the needs. . . .
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the
vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight
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?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an
opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and
Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares.
Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
A cheap and simple toy with lots of mathematics. Can you interpret
the images that are produced? Can you predict the pattern that will
be produced using different wheels?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you
describe how you know?
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
What is the greatest number of counters you can place on the grid below without four of them lying at the corners of a square?
What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk
held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this sports car?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this goat and giraffe?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of
activities required to develop this thinking.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these convex shapes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged
L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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 arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a
face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming and Little Fung dancing?