A city of towers

An interactive whiteboard problem solving activity suitable for many levels. Makes a fun starter activity and provides a good link between shape and space and algebra. Can also used as a hands on activity for all (rather than just volunteers at the smartboard) using pencil and squared paper, plastic squares or wooden/plastic cubes.
Adult numeracy element links are difficult to classify but include:

  • MSS2/E3.1 (sort 2-D and 3-D shapes),
  • MSS2/L1.2 (draw 2-D shapes in different orientations using grids).
    Also makes a good introduction to algebra / patterns from Entry 1 upwards. E.g.
  • N1/E1.8: Solve numerical pattern problems involving algebra, recognise simple patterns and sequences.
  • N1/L1.11: Solve problems involving algebra; translate simple word problems into symbols (+, -, x and x) and numbers.
    This resource was inspired by the original at
    Please note you must have the Smart notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use this resource
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Resource type
Physical format
8 Smart Notebook screens


I like this activity. I hadn’t seen it on nrich so thanks for pointing it out to us. I haven’t got a Smartboard but I’m sure I can adapt it for our particular board. Thanks, Maggie.