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Start Cube Drilling

Age 5 to 7 Challenge Level:

This activity is all about imagining, like you might when you listen to a story or poem.

There is no need to write or draw anything

BUT talking about it could be good!


Imagine a 3 by 3 by 3 cube hanging in front of you with just the front face facing you.
The cube is made up of 3 x 3 x 3, that is 27, small cubes.
You drill a hole through the four corner cubes, that are facing you, all the way through to the back.

A friend looks down on the cube, from above, and they also drill four holes through their four corner cubes all the way through to the bottom.
You and your friend examine all the 27 small cubes.

How many small cubes will then have holes drilled in them?

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