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This activity investigates how you might make squares and pentominoes from Polydron.

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Multilink Cubes

If you had 36 cubes, what different cuboids could you make?

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Cereal Packets

How can you put five cereal packets together to make different shapes if you must put them face-to-face?

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Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Why do this problem?

This activity is another opportunity for the children to work and record results logically. This problem lends itself to using a table to organise possible solutions.

Possible approach

A straightforward presentation and then when the pupils have proceeded so far then gather together and discuss what they have found to be a good idea in trying to get many solutions.

Key questions

What method have you used?

Possible extension

Pupils can be encouraged to invent variations making slight changes.

Possible support