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Choose the Symbol that Follows the Rule

In this worksheet, students will match pairs of shape-based symbols in the same way as a pair of examples. It will develop their ability to categorise and use skills such as rotation and mirror imaging.

'Choose the Symbol that Follows the Rule' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Apply the Relationship

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hi there symbol superstar!

Are you ready for another challenge?  

 

When we compare things, we look at what is the same and what is different about them.

 

In this question type, we are given two images and we need to work out how the first has been turned into the second.

 

These are some changes to look out for:

 

Change Image Example
 The second image in each pair has been turned. 
 The second image is shaded in a different way. 
 Part of the second image has got bigger or smaller. 

 

 

Take a look at this example:

Work out how the first pair changes.

Then use the same rule to work out which image best completes the second pair.

 

Which of these options would the square turn into?

a)         b)         c) 

 

Did you notice that the shading is darker between the first and second images in the first pair?

Therefore, we must also make the shading darker in the second pair, so the answer which best fits the sequence is b.

 

 

In this activity, you will need to be a symbol superstar and match images based on a pattern that you will find.

Remember to work out how the first image changes into the second image to find the rule.

 

Let’s get started!

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 





Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 




  • Question 1

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 


CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Good try symbol detective! This is a rotation-themed question. The arrow in the first image has been rotated a quarter turn (or 90 degrees) in an anti-clockwise direction. Remember that anti-clockwise means in the opposite direction to the way the hands on a clock move. We need to rotate the arrow in the same way, which makes option a the best fit.
  • Question 2

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Oh no! Our happy cloud has turned sad. We need to do the same with the love heart. This makes option c the best fit in the second pair. Turn that frown upside down cloud and heart!
  • Question 3

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
As if by magic, the coffee cup goes from empty to full! We can observe this by looking at the shading, which shows that there is now liquid in the cup. We need to do the same thing to the drinking cup. This makes option c the correct answer! This is thirsty work detective! On to the next challenge...
  • Question 4

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Our moon has turned spotty in the first pair, so we need to do the same to the sun. This makes option a the best fit in the second pair. Now it looks like we have a sun with chicken pox!
  • Question 5

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Someone has magically enlarged our pear here! We must do the same with the flower now. This makes option b the correct answer. Did you know that the word "enlarge" means to make something bigger? What do you think the opposite of this would be?
  • Question 6

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This is a rotation-themed question. The first image has been rotated a quarter of a turn (or 90 degrees) in a clockwise direction, so we need to do the same to the cheeky raindrop. This makes option b the correct answer.
  • Question 7

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This question focuses on shading. The jigsaw piece in the first pair has been shaded in a stripy pattern, so we need to do the same with love heart. This makes option a the best fit in the second pair.
  • Question 8

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Are these lollipops making you hungry? In this question, the heavily shaded parts of the lollipop have changed to a lighter tone. We need to make the same change to the shading of the mouse ears in the second pair. This makes option b the correct answer.
  • Question 9

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Oh no! Our lollipop has become smaller! We need to shrink the ice cream in the same way. This makes option c the best fit in the second pair. It cannot be option b, as the ice cream flavour would need to change too (as shown by the shading).
  • Question 10

Look at the first pair of images here. 

Can you see how they are related? 

 

Apply this relationship to the second set by choosing the image from the options below which would best complete the pair. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one, as we have some shading switching going on! The white part of the first image has become black, whilst the black part has turned white. Did you spot the switch shading detective? We need to do the same with the planet image, which makes option b the best fit. Well done for completing this activity!
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