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Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:


2D shapes triangles, circles, hexagons, squares, oblongs in three different colours (red, blue and yellow) and two different sizesFor this task, you'll need some blocks of different shapes and colours, or you could print off and cut out the shapes on this sheet.

Choose a rule, like 'only have four-sided shapes' or 'only have large shapes'.
Challenge someone else to work out your rule.
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How did they decide which shapes to choose?
Did they get quicker at finding out the rule?
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Could you make some more shapes to add to the set? What would you make and why?

Tell us about some of the rules you chose and how you decided which shapes to try.