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Face Painting

You want to make each of the 5 Platonic solids and colour the faces so that, in every case, no two faces which meet along an edge have the same colour.


Investigate the number of paths you can take from one vertex to another in these 3D shapes. Is it possible to take an odd number and an even number of paths to the same vertex?


Here you see the front and back views of a dodecahedron. Each vertex has been numbered so that the numbers around each pentagonal face add up to 65. Can you find all the missing numbers?

Tetrahedron Faces

Age 7 to 11
Challenge Level

One face of a regular tetrahedron is painted blue and each of the remaining faces are painted using one of the colours red, green or yellow.


How many different possibilities are there, if we count those that just differ by a rotation as the same?
How many different possibilities would there be if the tetrahedron was irregular?