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!
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
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.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
A tetromino is made up of four squares joined edge to edge. Can this tetromino, together with 15 copies of itself, be used to cover an eight by eight chessboard?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Take it in turns to place a domino on the grid. One to be placed horizontally and the other vertically. Can you make it impossible for your opponent to play?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Create a pattern on the left-hand grid. How could you extend your pattern on the right-hand grid?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
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.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you give your collection a name?
Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Use the clues to colour each square.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Here are some rods that are different colours. How could I make a dark green rod using yellow and white rods?
Ahmed has some wooden planks to use for three sides of a rabbit run against the shed. What quadrilaterals would he be able to make with the planks of different lengths?
Match the halves.
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of money.
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Start by putting one million (1 000 000) into the display of your calculator. Can you reduce this to 7 using just the 7 key and add, subtract, multiply, divide and equals as many times as you like?
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that Terry wins when the middle ball is red?