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Learning objects Face painter: finding faces 2


Identify polygons on a range of prisms and polyhedra such as a cuboid, square pyramid or hexagonal prism. Picture in your head all sides of a solid. Estimate how many faces the object has. Rotate it to see all of its faces. Paint each face of a given shape such as a hexagon or rectangle. This is one activity in a series of four activities.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify the relationship between 2D shapes and 3D objects.
  • Students identify regular shapes.
  • Students visualise unseen parts of 3D objects.
Educational value
  • Enables students to identify 2D shapes (triangles, squares, rectangles and hexagons) on the faces of 3D objects.
  • Requires students to estimate the number of occurrences of a particular 2D shape in a 3D object.
  • Enables students to rotate a 3D object.
  • Enables the student to paint like faces within a 3D object.
  • Encourages cross checking of the estimate with the solution.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Geometric properties
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Visualisation
    • Mathematics/Comparative language
    • Mathematics/Polygons
    • Mathematics/Polyhedra
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Spatial patterns
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Author
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Mamly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Jenni Way
    • Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.