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?
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?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
A shape and space game for 2,3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board. Play with card, or on the computer.
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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.
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.
A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?
Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
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?
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 cover the camel with these pieces?
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?
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?
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?
Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?
Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?
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?
If you split the square into these two pieces, it is possible to fit the pieces together again to make a new shape. How many new shapes can you make?
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 see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
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?
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.