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Find the Missing Symbol to Complete the Grid

In this worksheet, students will find the missing symbol to complete a grid of four boxes. It will develop their ability to find and follow patterns in shapes and symbols.

'Find the Missing Symbol to Complete the Grid' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Complete the Grid

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

It’s time to be a puzzle perfecter!

 

In these questions, we have been given a grid and we need to work out the missing puzzle piece.

Grids can follow a pattern which goes across.

To find the missing puzzle piece, we first need to think about what the pattern might be.

 

Here are some example patterns and how they change in the grid:

 

Pattern Example Grid
Shading gets lighter or darker. 

 

 

 

Size of shapes gets bigger/smaller.

 

 

The shape turns. 

 

 

 

 

Take a look at this example:

 

 

Which of the following images would complete the missing box in the grid?

a)         b)         c) 

 

The pattern in this case is that the shapes get slightly smaller each time.

So the answer must be option b!

 

It’s now your turn to find the missing puzzle piece in grids.

Remember to work out what the pattern is in the top two squares, before applying it to the bottom two squares.

 

Good luck puzzle champ!

Completing these grid-style questions relies on your detective's observational skills. 

It really helps if you take note of the similarities and differences you notice before trying to answer the question. 

Let's practise these observational, detective skills now. 

 

Identify ALL the statements below which correctly describe this grid.

 

The shapes on the left-hand side are grey.

The shapes on the left-hand side are the same.

The shape on the right-hand side is white.

The shapes in the top row match.

The shapes in the left-hand column are different.

Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 

 




Let's try another one. 

 

Identify ALL the statements below which correctly describe this grid.

 

The shapes on the left-hand side are white.

The shape in the bottom row has a different outline.

The shape on the right-hand side is grey.

The shapes in the top row match.

The shapes in the left-hand column are a different size.

Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 

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Let's put all your learning into practice now. 

It's your turn to be the teacher.

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom right-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

Correct

Incorrect

Select ALL the statements which identify why the shape in the bottom right-hand corner is not the best fit in this grid. 

 

Too big

Wrong colour

Wrong outline

Wrong shape

Which of the shapes below best completes the grid? 

 




Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 




OK teacher, let's try another grid. 

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom left-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

Correct

Incorrect

Let's help another student with their work!

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom left-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

Correct

Incorrect

  • Question 1

Completing these grid-style questions relies on your detective's observational skills. 

It really helps if you take note of the similarities and differences you notice before trying to answer the question. 

Let's practise these observational, detective skills now. 

 

Identify ALL the statements below which correctly describe this grid.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The shapes on the left-hand side are grey.
The shape on the right-hand side is white.
The shapes in the top row match.
The shapes in the left-hand column are different.
EDDIE SAYS
There are many handy observations we can make here before even starting the question. A detective always surveys the scene when he/she arrives, and that is exactly what we are doing here! It is particularly useful to note here that the shapes on the left are grey but the shapes themselves are different. The shape on the right is white and matches the size and type of the other shape in the top row. Now we have observed detective, let's move on to put these clues together and solve the problem...
  • Question 2

Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, your top detective observations from the previous question led you to choose option c as your answer. It matches the colour of the pattern displayed in the right-hand column (white) and is the same shape as the other shape in the bottom row (a cross). Great detective work if you put all those clues together! Let's try another...
  • Question 3

Let's try another one. 

 

Identify ALL the statements below which correctly describe this grid.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The shapes on the left-hand side are white.
The shape in the bottom row has a different outline.
The shape on the right-hand side is grey.
EDDIE SAYS
What did you spot this time detective? Handy observations to make here are that the shapes on the left are both white, but the shapes themselves are slightly different as they have different outlines. The shape on the right is a grey triangle with a solid outline. Now we have observed detective, let's move on to put these clues together and solve the problem...
  • Question 4

Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 

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CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, your top detective observations from the previous question led you to choose option a as your answer. It matches the colour and shape of the triangle in the top row and has the same dashed outline as the shape in the bottom row. Great detective work if you put all those clues together! Let's try another...
  • Question 5

Let's put all your learning into practice now. 

It's your turn to be the teacher.

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom right-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
Did you use your detective eyes to spot that this was a mistake? Let's move on to the next question to identify what the student did wrong.
  • Question 6

Select ALL the statements which identify why the shape in the bottom right-hand corner is not the best fit in this grid. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Wrong colour
EDDIE SAYS
The student here was on the right track! He/she had selected the correct shape (triangle) and the correct size (larger), but they got the colour wrong. The shapes on the left are shaded black, whereas the shapes on the right should be shaded grey. You can't let even the smallest detail slip past you in these questions! Can you help the student out by choosing the best fit for them in the next question?
  • Question 7

Which of the shapes below best completes the grid? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, your observations as a teacher led you to choose option b as your answer. It matches the colour and size of the pattern displayed in the top row and the shape of the bottom row. Sometimes being the teacher can really help you to fully understand! Let's try to help another student...
  • Question 8

Using the observations you have just made, which of the shapes below best complete the grid? 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do detective? Hopefully, your observations from the previous question led you to choose option c as your answer. This is a grey triangle which matches the colour and size of the shape on its left, but it has been flipped over which matches the direction or orientation that the pentagon above is facing. You have shown great detective and teaching skills here!
  • Question 9

OK teacher, let's try another grid. 

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom left-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
Did you use your detective eyes to spot that this time the student was correct? This image fits well here because it matches the larger size and colour of the shape above, but is the same shape as the shape on its right. Well done to this grid-mazing student!
  • Question 10

Let's help another student with their work!

A student has completed the grid below by drawing in the missing shape in the bottom left-hand corner. 

Mark the student's answer as either correct or incorrect. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Incorrect
EDDIE SAYS
Did you use your detective eyes to spot that this was a mistake? Let's move on to the next question to help the student understand where they went wrong.
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