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 find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?
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 shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?
What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?
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?
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?
Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.
A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.
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,. . . .
A and B are two interlocking cogwheels having p teeth and q teeth respectively. One tooth on B is painted red. Find the values of p and q for which the red tooth on B contacts every gap on the. . . .
How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
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.
What shape is the overlap when you slide one of these shapes half way across another? Can you picture it in your head? Use the interactivity to check your visualisation.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the house?
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. . . .
Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?
Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number you’re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?
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?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of this teacup?
What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the people?
This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?
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?
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.
Triangular numbers can be represented by a triangular array of squares. What do you notice about the sum of identical triangle numbers?
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.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?
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.
The aim of the game is to slide the green square from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner in the least number of moves.
This article looks at levels of geometric thinking and the types of activities required to develop this thinking.
Can you discover whether this is a fair game?
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?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
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.
In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mah Ling?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?
An activity centred around observations of dots and how we visualise number arrangement patterns.
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the butterfly?
Can you work out what kind of rotation produced this pattern of pegs in our pegboard?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the candle?
A 2 by 3 rectangle contains 8 squares and a 3 by 4 rectangle contains 20 squares. What size rectangle(s) contain(s) exactly 100 squares? Can you find them all?
Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the camel and giraffe?
A game for two players on a large squared space.
Read about the adventures of Granma T and her grandchildren in this series of stories, accompanied by interactive tangrams.