How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have the same colour.
Can you arrange the shapes in a chain so that each one shares a face (or faces) that are the same shape as the one that follows it?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the sports car?
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?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
This article for teachers describes a project which explores the power of storytelling to convey concepts and ideas to children.
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?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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.
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!
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.
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.
Make a cube out of straws and have a go at this practical challenge.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Exploring and predicting folding, cutting and punching holes and making spirals.
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 ...
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the plaque design?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the silhouette of the junk?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Mah Ling and Chi Wing?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the playing piece?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the clock?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Granma T?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the rabbits?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the dragon?