Can you find a way of representing these arrangements of balls?
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.
On the graph there are 28 marked points. These points all mark the vertices (corners) of eight hidden squares. Can you find the eight hidden squares?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
A useful visualising exercise which offers opportunities for discussion and generalising, and which could be used for thinking about the formulae needed for generating the results on a spreadsheet.
A game for two players on a large squared space.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
Lyndon Baker describes how the Mobius strip and Euler's law can introduce pupils to the idea of topology.
What is the shape of wrapping paper that you would need to completely wrap this model?
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.
These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?
Start with a large square, join the midpoints of its sides, you'll see four right angled triangles. Remove these triangles, a second square is left. Repeat the operation. What happens?
Mathematics is the study of patterns. Studying pattern is an opportunity to observe, hypothesise, experiment, discover and create.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?
Can you find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
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 is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
This article for teachers discusses examples of problems in which there is no obvious method but in which children can be encouraged to think deeply about the context and extend their ability to. . . .
Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube made of 9 small cubes. Each face of the large cube is painted a different colour. How many small cubes will have two painted faces? Where are they?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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!
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this teacup?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of Wai Ping, Wu Ming and Chi Wing?
Read about the adventures of Granma T and her grandchildren in this series of stories, accompanied by interactive tangrams.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the camel and giraffe?
Have a look at these photos of different fruit. How many do you see? How did you count?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?