Cards for Cubes: Problem Solving Activities for Young Children

This book, published in 1991 by Claire Publications, is a series of problem solving activities involving cubes. The tasks start simply and progress to more complicated activities so could be used for different ages within Key Stages One and Two depending on ability.

The first task is a challenge to create a camel with 50 cubes that doesn't fall over. Different characters are introduced throughout the book and challenges set to create various animals, monsters and structures using different numbers of cubes. Problems are set to incorporate different areas of mathematical problem solving they are: using maths, number, algebra and measure.

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I had this resource years ago when I taught in KS1 but had forgotten all about it. I gave this to our Year 1 teacher and since then have had a stream of children coming through to show me their models. It is also useful for visualisation activities as some children find it difficult to copy the shapes. They have had lots of fun as well as learning a great deal of mathematical language and concepts. Useful for structured play time as well.