How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
Can you explain why it is impossible to construct this triangle?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
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.
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Seven small rectangular pictures have one inch wide frames. The frames are removed and the pictures are fitted together like a jigsaw to make a rectangle of length 12 inches. Find the dimensions of. . . .
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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?
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?
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?
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 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?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups - each group must contain one of each shape.
Imagine an infinitely large sheet of square dotty paper on which you can draw triangles of any size you wish (providing each vertex is on a dot). What areas is it/is it not possible to draw?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Which hexagons tessellate?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
A huge wheel is rolling past your window. What do you see?
Semi-regular tessellations combine two or more different regular polygons to fill the plane. Can you find all the semi-regular tessellations?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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. . . .
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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 game has a special dice with a colour spot on each face. These three pictures show different views of the same dice. What colour is opposite blue?
ABC is an equilateral triangle and P is a point in the interior of the triangle. We know that AP = 3cm and BP = 4cm. Prove that CP must be less than 10 cm.
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or ruling lines.
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
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?
Show that among the interior angles of a convex polygon there cannot be more than three acute angles.
A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?
Can you dissect a square into: 4, 7, 10, 13... other squares? 6, 9, 12, 15... other squares? 8, 11, 14... other squares?
If you have only 40 metres of fencing available, what is the maximum area of land you can fence off?
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?
The whole set of tiles is used to make a square. This has a green and blue border. There are no green or blue tiles anywhere in the square except on this border. How many tiles are there in the set?
ABCD is a regular tetrahedron and the points P, Q, R and S are the midpoints of the edges AB, BD, CD and CA. Prove that PQRS is a square.
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.