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.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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 this area?
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 work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
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?
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
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?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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?
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?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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 three squares?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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?
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?
Choose a box and work out the smallest rectangle of paper needed to wrap it so that it is completely covered.
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?
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?
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?
Square It game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
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 outline of these convex shapes?
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?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
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.
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of these rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the watering can and man in a boat?
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
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,. . . .
This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the workmen?
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.