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

Multilink Cubes

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

Cereal Packets

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

Team Scream

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Why do this problem?

This problem encourages children to work systematically and it would be a good context in which to talk about different ways of recording.

Key questions

How will you identify each of the children?
How will you keep track of what you have done?

Possible extension

Learners could try using other numbers of children. Can they predict the total number of pairs for a given number of children?

Possible support

Learners could start with just four children. They might also find it useful to use different coloured counters to represent the children.