Package 1-4 Cube and net exploration

This activity offers your child the opportunity to explore how a net requires each face to be connected to at least one other face.

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

• 6 paper squares or 6 pieces of A4 paper

• Pair of scissors

• Pencil or marker

Back up

Instead of creating a cube, your child could use a rubik's cube to explore the net of a cube.

Why is this activity important?

This activity offers your child the opportunity to explore how a net requires each face to be connected to at least one other face. It also encourages your child to investigate and make the variety of nets that can be used to create a cube.

Before you start

Make sure your child has the required resources ready.

Also check that the video is working and the audio settings are correct for your child.

What your child needs to know and do

View instructions to make a square if your child does not have square pieces of paper.

This activity encourages your child to explore the nets of a cube. There are 11 ways to make a cube of a net.

What to do next

• View Origami cube to learn how to make a modular origami cube.

• Make 1 or 2 (more more if you like) cubes.

Instructions to make a cube, as shown in the video.

1. Fold one piece of square paper in half to make a crease and then open.

2. Fold the bottom edge to the crease you just made.

3. Do the same with the top edge.

1. Fold each section inwards.

2. Fold in half, create the crease, then reopen.

3. Fold the top left corner down.

4. Fold the bottom right corner up.

5. Once the creases have been made unfold the piece of paper.

6. Using the existing crease the small triangles in the top right corner and bottom left corner.

7. Fold the top edge back down and then the top left corner along the existing crease.

8. Create a little pocket and slide the bottom right corner into this pocket.

9. Turn the paper over.

1. Fold the corners in to create a square.

2. Follow these steps five more times, so you end up with 6 pieces.

3. Interlock the pieces together to create a cube.

Congratulations you have made a cube!

View net exploration.

Use the cube created to make the net in the video and then use the cube to explore and make the other 10 nets.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Your child will need to use their observational skills and may also need patience to create the cubes. Remind your child that they can make the origami cube as they watch the video and to pause the video if needed.

Activity too easy?

Ask your child to think about other nets of three-dimensional objects that they could create.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

• What helped you find the possible nets?

• What do you notice about these nets?

Extension/additional activity

View the episode about cubes from Look Kool on ABC iview.