What is the greatest number of squares you can make by overlapping three squares?
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.
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.
If you can post the triangle with either the blue or yellow colour face up, how many ways can it be posted altogether?
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This activity challenges you to make collections of shapes. Can you give your collection a name?
Use your mouse to move the red and green parts of this disc. Can you make images which show the turnings described?
Sort the houses in my street into different groups. Can you do it in any other ways?
What shaped overlaps can you make with two circles which are the same size? What shapes are 'left over'? What shapes can you make when the circles are different sizes?
How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
This was a problem for our birthday website. Can you use four of these pieces to form a square? How about making a square with all five pieces?
Use the interactivity to make this Islamic star and cross design. Can you produce a tessellation of regular octagons with two different types of triangle?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Can you sort these triangles into three different families and explain how you did it?
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 work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?
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!
Move just three of the circles so that the triangle faces in the opposite direction.
Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.
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?
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Use the interactivity to investigate what kinds of triangles can be drawn on peg boards with different numbers of pegs.
Take it in turns to make a triangle on the pegboard. Can you block your opponent?
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
Arrange any number of counters from these 18 on the grid to make a rectangle. What numbers of counters make rectangles? How many different rectangles can you make with each number of counters?
Board Block game for two. Can you stop your partner from being able to make a shape on the board?
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?
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.
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?
Can you see why 2 by 2 could be 5? Can you predict what 2 by 10 will be?
How many right angles can you make using two sticks?
Make one big triangle so the numbers that touch on the small triangles add to 10.
In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?
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?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
Explore this interactivity and see if you can work out what it does. Could you use it to estimate the area of a shape?
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.
Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?
Three beads are threaded on a circular wire and are coloured either red or blue. Can you find all four different combinations?
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.
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?