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?
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.
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?
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you put these shapes in order of size? Start with the smallest.
Use the clues to colour each square.
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!
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design. Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two different types of triangle?
This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you give your collection a name?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
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?
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
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?
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?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
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.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
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.
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?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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.
Terry and Ali are playing a game with three balls. Is it fair that Terry wins when the middle ball is red?
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....?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.