Why do this problem?
is a lovely context in which children can develop their ability to visualise. Visualisation is required in two ways. Firstly, children must plan ahead so as not to leave impossible spaces. Secondly, they must try to turn each piece in their ''mind's eye'' to decide which is needed for a particular
If you would like children to work on this problem practically, you can print out these photocopiable sheets. The image of the camel is on the first sheet and the ten pieces to fit into it on the second sheet.
Where might be a good place to start?
Is there anywhere else you can put a piece straight-away?
If you put that piece there, will you be able to fit another one in easily?
Have you tried turning the piece round?
Have you tried turning the piece over so it's the other way up?
Have you got any spaces that you can't fill?
Have you counted the number of squares in the gap?
Learners could make their own designs on squared paper using these shapes or try this similar problem, Tessellate the Triominoes
Sometimes the most surprising children have difficulties with this type of visual problem.
Suggest working on it practically using these sheets which have the camel picture on the first sheet and the ten pieces to fit into it on the second sheet. It might help to print out the second sheet on coloured paper which will emphasise the spaces.