A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?
A game for 2 people. Take turns joining two dots, until your opponent is unable to move.
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On which of these shapes can you trace a path along all of its edges, without going over any edge twice?
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.
Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?
How many balls of modelling clay and how many straws does it take to make these skeleton shapes?
A toy has a regular tetrahedron, a cube and a base with triangular and square hollows. If you fit a shape into the correct hollow a bell rings. How many times does the bell ring in a complete game?
Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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 make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?
This task, written for the National Young Mathematicians' Award 2016, involves open-topped boxes made with interlocking cubes. Explore the number of units of paint that are needed to cover the boxes. . . .
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
Find your way through the grid starting at 2 and following these operations. What number do you end on?
What can you see? What do you notice? What questions can you ask?
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?
This article is based on some of the ideas that emerged during the production of a book which takes visualising as its focus. We began to identify problems which helped us to take a structured view. . . .
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
How many loops of string have been used to make these patterns?
Each of the nets of nine solid shapes has been cut into two pieces. Can you see which pieces go together?
Here are shadows of some 3D shapes. What shapes could have made them?
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?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
Use the three triangles to fill these outline shapes. Perhaps you can create some of your own shapes for a friend to fill?
How many pieces of string have been used in these patterns? Can you describe how you know?
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 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. . . .
Paint a stripe on a cardboard roll. Can you predict what will happen when it is rolled across a sheet of paper?
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?
This second article in the series refers to research about levels of development of spatial thinking and the possible influence of instruction.
How many different cuboids can you make when you use four CDs or DVDs? How about using five, then six?
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 ...
This practical problem challenges you to make quadrilaterals with a loop of string. You'll need some friends to help!
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
This is the first article in a series which aim to provide some insight into the way spatial thinking develops in children, and draw on a range of reported research. The focus of this article is the. . . .
These points all mark the vertices (corners) of ten hidden squares. Can you find the 10 hidden squares?
A game for two players. You'll need some counters.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
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?
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?
What shape is made when you fold using this crease pattern? Can you make a ring design?
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 find a way of counting the spheres in these arrangements?
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?
This problem invites you to build 3D shapes using two different triangles. Can you make the shapes from the pictures?
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?