There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find below some starters on the topic of Shape. A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Shape Starters:

Area Two

How many different shapes with an area of 2 square units can you make by joining dots on this grid with straight lines?

Christmas Tables

Which of the two shapes has the largest area? You will be surprised!

Goat Grazing

Find the loci of the goat's position as it eats the grass while tethered to the rope.


On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular hexagon.

How Many Rectangles?

How many rectangles can you find in this pattern? Can you come up with a systematic method for counting them all?

How Many Squares? 1

Work out how many squares are there altogether in the given pattern then tackle the chess board.

How Many Squares? 2

How many squares can be found by joining four dots on the grid?

How Many Triangles? 1

How many Triangles can you find in the diagram?

How Many Triangles? 2

How many triangles are hidden in the pattern? What strategy might you use to count them all to ensure you don't miss any out?

How Many Triangles? 3

Find a systematic way of counting the number of triangles in the given diagram.


Memorise a picture made up of geometrical shapes

Missing Square Puzzle

The missing square puzzle is an optical illusion used to help students reason about geometrical figures.


Find the dimensions of a rectangle given the perimeter and area.

Overlapping Squares

If two squares overlap, what shapes can the overlapping region make?


On a full page in the back of your exercise book draw a perfectly regular pentagon.

Polygon Riddle 1

Solve the riddle to find the name of the polygon then sum the interior angles.

Polygon Riddle 2

A "My first is in..." type riddle leading to a polygon interior angle calculation.

Polygon Riddle 3

A 'My first is in...' riddle that describes a geometrical shape. Can you construct it?

Quad Areas

Calculate the areas of all the possible quadrilaterals that can be constructed by joining together dots on this grid.

Rows of Roses

Can you draw 4 straight lines, without taking your pencil off the paper, which pass through all 9 roses?

Square Angles

Find a trapezium, a triangle and a quadrilateral where all of the angles are square numbers.

Square Circle Kite

Write down the names of all the mathematical shapes you know.

Squared Animals

Separate three rows of three animals using three squares.

Two Squares

Using six pencils can you make two equal sized squares?


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