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?
NRICH December 2006 advent calendar - a new tangram for each day in
the run-up to Christmas.
A game for 2 people that everybody knows. You can play with a
friend or online. If you play correctly you never lose!
Our 2008 Advent Calendar has a 'Making Maths' activity for every
day in the run-up to Christmas.
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 Wai Ping, Wah Ming and Chi Wing?
An interactive activity for one to experiment with a tricky tessellation
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the candle and sundial?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mai Ling?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the rocket?
Watch this film carefully. Can you find a general rule for
explaining when the dot will be this same distance from the
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
A game to be played against the computer, or in groups. Pick a 7-digit number. A random digit is generated. What must you subract to remove the digit from your number? the first to zero wins.
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?
An interactive game for 1 person. You are given a rectangle with 50 squares on it. Roll the dice to get a percentage between 2 and 100. How many squares is this? Keep going until you get 100. . . .
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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?
Use the interactivity or play this dice game yourself. How could
you make it fair?
A generic circular pegboard resource.
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?
Find out how we can describe the "symmetries" of this triangle and
investigate some combinations of rotating and flipping it.
Use the Cuisenaire rods environment to investigate ratio. Can you
find pairs of rods in the ratio 3:2? How about 9:6?
Work out the fractions to match the cards with the same amount of
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?
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!
An interactive game to be played on your own or with friends.
Imagine you are having a party. Each person takes it in turns to
stand behind the chair where they will get the most chocolate.
A card pairing game involving knowledge of simple ratio.
What are the coordinates of the coloured dots that mark out the
tangram? Try changing the position of the origin. What happens to
the coordinates now?
Try to stop your opponent from being able to split the piles of counters into unequal numbers. Can you find a strategy?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
A train building game for 2 players.
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be
removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to
remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
A game for 2 people that can be played on line or with pens and paper. Combine your knowledege of coordinates with your skills of strategic thinking.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
A simulation of target archery practice
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Little Ming playing the board game?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mai Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you make the green spot travel through the tube by moving the
yellow spot? Could you draw a tube that both spots would follow?
Use the blue spot to help you move the yellow spot from one star to
the other. How are the trails of the blue and yellow spots related?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this brazier for roasting chestnuts?
Train game for an adult and child. Who will be the first to make the train?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these people?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of these clocks?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the child walking home from school?