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Broad Topics > Using, Applying and Reasoning about Mathematics > Visualising

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Tumbling Down

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?

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Finding 3D Stacks

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?

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Seeing Squares

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

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Paper Partners

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?

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Paper Patchwork 2

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

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Paper Patchwork 1

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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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Move Those Halves

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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 ...

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Circles, Circles

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

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How Would We Count?

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

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

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Poly Plug Pattern

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?

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Triple Cubes

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.

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Coded Hundred Square

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

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Holes

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes I've used. Can you see any patterns?

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Baravelle

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

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

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Eight Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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?

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Overlapping Again

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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.

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Overlaps

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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.

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Picture a Pyramid ...

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Imagine a pyramid which is built in square layers of small cubes. If we number the cubes from the top, starting with 1, can you picture which cubes are directly below this first cube?

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Twice as Big?

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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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Music to My Ears

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Brush Loads

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How can you arrange the 5 cubes so that you need the smallest number of Brush Loads of paint to cover them? Try with other numbers of cubes as well.

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Cover the Camel

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you cover the camel with these pieces?

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Stringy Quads

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!

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Nine-pin Triangles

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

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Ten Hidden Squares

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?

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Tangram Tangle

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

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Hundred Square

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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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Shadow Play

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

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Cut Nets

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?

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Odd Squares

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Sponge Sections

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.

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Fractional Triangles

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.

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Let Us Reflect

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

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Counting Cards

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

A magician took a suit of thirteen cards and held them in his hand face down. Every card he revealed had the same value as the one he had just finished spelling. How did this work?

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Skeleton Shapes

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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

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Cubes Within Cubes

Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

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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Square Corners

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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A Puzzling Cube

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Here are the six faces of a cube - in no particular order. Here are three views of the cube. Can you deduce where the faces are in relation to each other and record them on the net of this cube?

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Quadrilaterals

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

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Neighbours

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In a square in which the houses are evenly spaced, numbers 3 and 10 are opposite each other. What is the smallest and what is the largest possible number of houses in the square?

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Cubes Cut Into Four Pieces

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

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?

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Happy Halving

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?

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One Big Triangle

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10. You could use the interactivity to help you.

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A City of Towers

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

In this town, houses are built with one room for each person. There are some families of seven people living in the town. In how many different ways can they build their houses?

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Square Surprise

Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?

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Jigsaw Pieces

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

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Painting Possibilities

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .

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Regular Rings 2

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?

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Regular Rings 1

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

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?

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Folding Flowers 2

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.