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?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular
intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to
make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
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?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep
truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There
are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where
are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train
can continue its journey?
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,. . . .
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores
thepower of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Which of the following cubes can be made from these nets?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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 ...
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Try this interactive strategy game for 2
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its
edges, without going over any edge twice?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10
Can you cut a regular hexagon into two pieces to make a
parallelogram? Try cutting it into three pieces to make a rhombus!
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Here's a simple way to make a Tangram without any measuring or
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?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
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.
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.