Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have the same colour.
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?
A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
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?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
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?
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.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow. How many different possibilities are there?
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!
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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 ...
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Billy's class had a robot called Fred who could draw with chalk held underneath him. What shapes did the pupils make Fred draw?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
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.
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
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.
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,. . . .
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.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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 cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
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?
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?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the dragon?
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
Watch this animation. What do you see? Can you explain why this happens?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the camel and giraffe?
Read about the adventures of Granma T and her grandchildren in this series of stories, accompanied by interactive tangrams.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Wai Ping, Wu Ming and Chi Wing?