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?
Move four sticks so there are exactly four triangles.
Have you ever tried tessellating capital letters? Have a look at these examples and then try some for yourself.
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?
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?
Have a go at making a few of these shapes from paper in different sizes. What patterns can you create?
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?
Can you work out what shape is made when this piece of paper is folded up using the crease pattern shown?
Try to picture these buildings of cubes in your head. Can you make them to check whether you had imagined them correctly?
Make a flower design using the same shape made out of different sizes of paper.
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Why do you think that the red player chose that particular dot in this game of Seeing Squares?
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?
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
A group activity using visualisation of squares and triangles.
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
Have a look at what happens when you pull a reef knot and a granny knot tight. Which do you think is best for securing things together? Why?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
Use the lines on this figure to show how the square can be divided into 2 halves, 3 thirds, 6 sixths and 9 ninths.
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are the same.
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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.
Can you visualise what shape this piece of paper will make when it is folded?
Reasoning about the number of matches needed to build squares that share their sides.
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.
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
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?
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
A hundred square has been printed on both sides of a piece of paper. What is on the back of 100? 58? 23? 19?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the convex shapes?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
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.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
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!
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?
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 ...
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the chairs?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the numbers?
Can you logically construct these silhouettes using the tangram pieces?