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Turning the Tables

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    Children's Museum Of Houston

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Turning the Tables

In this activity, learners explore geometry and spatial relationships as they figure out how to arrange tables for a party. Learners use six triangular cut-outs to represent the tables, which must seat exactly six people with only one person per side. This activity guide contains sample questions to ask, literary connections, extensions, and alignment to local and national standards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston,

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil


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