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There are **141** NRICH Mathematical resources connected to **2D shapes and their properties**, you may find related items under Angles, polygons, and geometrical proof.

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### Name That Triangle!

Can you sketch triangles that fit in the cells in this grid? Which ones are impossible? How do you know?

Age 7 to 11

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### Triangle or No Triangle?

Here is a selection of different shapes. Can you work out which ones are triangles, and why?

Age 5 to 7

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### Seeing Squares

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.

Age 5 to 11

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### Always, Sometimes or Never? Shape

Are these statements always true, sometimes true or never true?

Age 7 to 11

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### Always, Sometimes or Never? KS1

Are these statements relating to calculation and properties of shapes always true, sometimes true or never true?

Age 5 to 7

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### An Equilateral Triangular Problem

Take an equilateral triangle and cut it into smaller pieces. What can you do with them?

Age 11 to 14

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### Completing Quadrilaterals

We started drawing some quadrilaterals - can you complete them?

Age 11 to 14

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### Guess my Quad

How many questions do you need to identify my quadrilateral?

Age 11 to 14

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### Move Those Halves

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 ...

Age 7 to 11

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### Shape Draw

Use the information on these cards to draw the shape that is being described.

Age 7 to 11

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### Hidden Squares

Can you find the squares hidden on these coordinate grids?

Age 11 to 14

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### Round a Hexagon

This problem shows that the external angles of an irregular hexagon add to a circle.

Age 7 to 11

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### What's Happening?

Shapes are added to other shapes. Can you see what is happening? What is the rule?

Age 5 to 7

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### National Flags

This problem explores the shapes and symmetries in some national flags.

Age 7 to 11

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### Olympic Rings

This problem is intended to get children to look really hard at something they will see many times in the next few months.

Age 5 to 7

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### Poly Plug Rectangles

The computer has made a rectangle and will tell you the number of spots it uses in total. Can you find out where the rectangle is?

Age 5 to 11

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### Opposite Vertices

Can you recreate squares and rhombuses if you are only given a side or a diagonal?

Age 11 to 14

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### Track Design

Where should runners start the 200m race so that they have all run the same distance by the finish?

Age 14 to 16

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### Shaping It

These pictures were made by starting with a square, finding the half-way point on each side and joining those points up. You could investigate your own starting shape.

Age 5 to 11

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### Sorting Logic Blocks

This activity focuses on similarities and differences between shapes.

Age 5 to 11

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### Shapely Lines

This challenge invites you to create your own picture using just straight lines. Can you identify shapes with the same number of sides and decorate them in the same way?

Age 5 to 7

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### Quad Match

A task which depends on members of the group noticing the needs of others and responding.

Age 7 to 11

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### What Shape?

This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.

Age 7 to 14

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### Jig Shapes

Can you each work out what shape you have part of on your card? What will the rest of it look like?

Age 5 to 11

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### Curvy Areas

Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?

Age 14 to 16

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### Overlapping Again

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.

Age 7 to 11

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### 2 Rings

The red ring is inside the blue ring in this picture. Can you rearrange the rings in different ways? Perhaps you can overlap them or put one outside another?

Age 5 to 7

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### Torn Shapes

These rectangles have been torn. How many squares did each one have inside it before it was ripped?

Age 7 to 11

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### Trapezium Four

The diagonals of a trapezium divide it into four parts. Can you create a trapezium where three of those parts are equal in area?

Age 14 to 16

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### Property Chart

A game in which players take it in turns to try to draw quadrilaterals (or triangles) with particular properties. Is it possible to fill the game grid?

Age 11 to 14

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### Shapely Pairs

A game in which players take it in turns to turn up two cards. If they can draw a triangle which satisfies both properties they win the pair of cards. And a few challenging questions to follow...

Age 11 to 14

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### Quadrilaterals Game

A game for 2 or more people, based on the traditional card game Rummy.

Age 11 to 14

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### Board Block Challenge

Choose the size of your pegboard and the shapes you can make. Can you work out the strategies needed to block your opponent?

Age 7 to 11

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### Square Coordinates

A tilted square is a square with no horizontal sides. Can you devise a general instruction for the construction of a square when you are given just one of its sides?

Age 11 to 14

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### Efficient Cutting

Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.

Age 11 to 14

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### Square It

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.

Age 11 to 16

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### Salinon

This shape comprises four semi-circles. What is the relationship between the area of the shaded region and the area of the circle on AB as diameter?

Age 14 to 16

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### Rolling Around

A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?

Age 11 to 14

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### Let Us Reflect

Where can you put the mirror across the square so that you can still "see" the whole square? How many different positions are possible?

Age 7 to 11

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### Semi-detached

A square of area 40 square cms is inscribed in a semicircle. Find the area of the square that could be inscribed in a circle of the same radius.

Age 14 to 16

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### Where Are They?

Use the isometric grid paper to find the different polygons.

Age 7 to 11

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### Approximating Pi

By inscribing a circle in a square and then a square in a circle find an approximation to pi. By using a hexagon, can you improve on the approximation?

Age 14 to 18

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### Blue and White

Identical squares of side one unit contain some circles shaded blue. In which of the four examples is the shaded area greatest?

Age 11 to 14

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### Hex

Explain how the thirteen pieces making up the regular hexagon shown in the diagram can be re-assembled to form three smaller regular hexagons congruent to each other.

Age 11 to 14

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### Quadarc

Given a square ABCD of sides 10 cm, and using the corners as centres, construct four quadrants with radius 10 cm each inside the square. The four arcs intersect at P, Q, R and S. Find the area enclosed by PQRS.

Age 14 to 16

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### Orthogonal Circle

Given any three non intersecting circles in the plane find another circle or straight line which cuts all three circles orthogonally.

Age 16 to 18

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### Logosquares

Ten squares form regular rings either with adjacent or opposite vertices touching. Calculate the inner and outer radii of the rings that surround the squares.

Age 16 to 18

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### Baby Circle

A small circle fits between two touching circles so that all three circles touch each other and have a common tangent? What is the exact radius of the smallest circle?

Age 16 to 18

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### Chain of Changes

Arrange the shapes in a line so that you change either colour or shape in the next piece along. Can you find several ways to start with a blue triangle and end with a red circle?

Age 5 to 7

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### Four Triangles Puzzle

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?

Age 5 to 11

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