Hi shape sorter, we’ve come across this pattern and we need your help.

Which image would come next in this series?

We have to choose one image from the following:

a) b) c) d) e)

First, we need to work out how each image changes to become the next one in the sequence. What do you notice?

If we look at **shading**, we can see that the arrows are alternating between white and black.

This means we are looking for **white arrows** next, so we can rule out options a and d.

Let’s look at the **position** of the arrows now.

The position of the arrows alternates between being in a continuous line in the middle of the square and being arranged in two lines.

This means we are looking for **arrows in a line in the middle **for the next image in the sequence, so we can rule out option b.

Now, let’s look at **number **or **frequency**. Is there anything we can count?

The number of arrows is increasing by one each time.

This means we are looking for **5 arrows** for the next image in the sequence, so we can rule out option c.

If we bring this all together, we are left with option e as our correct answer.

Let’s try another one:

Which image would complete this sequence?

Notice that this time the missing image is in the middle of the sequence.

We must choose one image from the following:

a) b) c) d) e)

First, we need to work out how each image changes to become the next one in the sequence.

If we look at the** lines** on each smiley face, they are **alternating** between dashed lines and solid lines.

Therefore, the missing image should have solid lines, so we can rule out options b, d and e.

Is there anything we can **count**?

We can **count the sides** of each of the shapes in the bottom right corners. Image 1 has a 3-sided triangle, image 2 has a 4-sided square, image 4 has a 6-sided hexagon and image 5 has a 7-sided heptagon.

This means that the number of sides of the bottom right corner shape are** increasing by one each time**.

If image 2 has a square, we know that image 3 needs to have a 5-sided pentagon, which rules out option a so we are left with c as our correct answer.

Pssstt! Here's a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: Look for alternating patterns and changes in lines, shading, position and frequency. |

It’s now your turn to find the missing image in the series.

**Good luck!**