This challenge involves eight three-cube models made from interlocking cubes. Investigate different ways of putting the models together then compare your constructions.
Can you split each of the shapes below in half so that the two parts are exactly the same?
Can you describe a piece of paper clearly enough for your partner to know which piece it is?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
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?
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Eight children each had a cube made from modelling clay. They cut them into four pieces which were all exactly the same shape and size. Whose pieces are the same? Can you decide who made each set?
We can cut a small triangle off the corner of a square and then fit the two pieces together. Can you work out how these shapes are made from the two pieces?
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube. If you and a friend drill holes in some of the small cubes in the ways described, how many will have holes drilled through them?
Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?
What shape has Harry drawn on this clock face? Can you find its area? What is the largest number of square tiles that could cover this area?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mah Ling?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the people?
How can you paint the faces of these eight cubes so they can be put together to make a 2 x 2 x 2 cube that is green all over AND a 2 x 2 x 2 cube that is yellow all over?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
Have a go at this 3D extension to the Pebbles problem.
What is the total area of the four outside triangles which are outlined in red in this arrangement of squares inside each other?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you cut up a square in the way shown and make the pieces into a triangle?
Can you find ways of joining cubes together so that 28 faces are visible?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the house?
Looking at the picture of this Jomista Mat, can you decribe what you see? Why not try and make one yourself?
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
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 fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
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?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
You have been given three shapes made out of sponge: a sphere, a cylinder and a cone. Your challenge is to find out how to cut them to make different shapes for printing.
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?
I've made some cubes and some cubes with holes in. This challenge invites you to explore the difference in the number of small cubes I've used. Can you see any patterns?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
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 ...
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this teacup?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Here are more buildings to picture in your mind's eye. Watch out - they become quite complicated!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the butterfly?
Draw three straight lines to separate these shapes into four groups - each group must contain one of each shape.
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?