Smoothie Box


Smoothie Box

Pupils measure a bottle and then design a box that will hold 12 bottles.

Practical details

National Curriculum levels 6 to 7
30 minutes to 1 hour
Ruler, pencil, and paper; scissors available (if requested by pupils)

Key Processes involved

Identify the significant parts of the bottle to measure and formulate a suitable box design
Translate the appropriate measurements to a net
Interpreting and evaluating
After designing the net, imagine it folded
Communicating and reflecting
Draw the box design clearly and label it well

Teacher guidance

Check that pupils understand the context, for example, you could bring in a bottle to help them visualise the problem. It may also be helpful to have some rectangular boxes folded from nets. Comments could be as follows:

  • The diagrams on your sheet show two views of the bottle drawn accurately full size
  • The left hand diagram shows a view of the bottle from the top.
  • What is the diameter of the cap?
  • The diagram shows the bottle from one side. Why is there no diagram of the bottle from another side?
  • What is a net?

Pupils can tackle this task in different ways, but they might be expected to:

  • recognise and use common 2D representations of 3D objects