Close message Scootle will stop supporting resources that use the Adobe Flash plug-in from 18 Dec 2020. Learning paths that include these resources will have alerts to notify teachers and students that one or more of the resources will be unavailable. Click here for more info.

Learning objects Face painter: predicting faces

TLF ID L1070

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 of each shape the object has. Rotate it to see and paint all of its faces. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students see the relationship between 2D figures and 3D objects.
  • Students identify 2D regular shapes.
  • Students visualise what is unseen in the 3D object.
Educational value
  • Requires students to visualise and estimate the number of each different 2D shapes making up the faces on a 3D object.
  • Enables students to identify 2D shapes (equilateral and isosceles triangles, squares, rectangles, parallelograms, trapeziums and hexagons)) on the faces of 3D objects.
  • Enables students to rotate a 3D object.
  • Enables the student to paint 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/Polygons
    • Mathematics/Polyhedra
    • Mathematics/Pattern perception
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Spatial patterns
    • Mathematics/Visualisation
    • Mathematics/Comparative language
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2065 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
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    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.