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A Puzzling Cube

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:


Here are the six faces of a cube - in no particular order:

Six faces of a cube showing a purple star, a blue cross, a red cross, a square, a red star and a circle

Here are three views of the cube:

1st cube - top face=square, left face=circle, right face =blue cross. 2nd cube - top face=square, left face=blue cross, right face=purple star. 3rd cube - top face=circle, left face=square, right face=red star

Can you deduce where the faces are in relation to each other and record them on the net of this cube?

cube net
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