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?
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
This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or
DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are
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?
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?
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?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work
out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes
could he have taken?
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 cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out -
they become quite complicated!
How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put
together to make a 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2
cube that is yellow all over?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and
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!
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a
chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different
triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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. . . .
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
Exchange the positions of the two sets of counters in the least possible number of moves
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Fung at the table?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
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 ...
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 visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this telephone?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will
happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the telescope and microscope?
How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons
together? How will you know you have found all the ways?
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what
you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this shape. How would you describe it?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
What is the smallest cuboid that you can put in this box so that
you cannot fit another that's the same into it?