Math = Love: Posters of Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Posters of Perfect Squares and Perfect Cubes

If you like making math pretty and colorful, you must check out Clarissa Grandi's website!  The idea for the posters I'm posting below came from her beautiful classroom displays which she has posted pictures of here.  (She even links to files so you can recreate them yourself!)

If you didn't click the link above (and you really should have), here's my inspiration image:

I just love the visual representation of the different perfect squares and perfect cubes.  Clarissa placed pre-cut numbers on top of the colored squares and cubes.

I decided I wanted to simplify things a bit and just print the numbers directly on the squares and cubes.  This also let me do cubes higher than 216.

Here's how they turned out.  I printed them on colored paper and laminated them.  As soon as I'm allowed back in school, I'll be hanging them up above my number line!

I just LOVE looking at these!

I also made a title to hang next to them:

Here's a close-up of one of the squares:

And one more picture just because I got carried away taking pictures because I love these posters that much!

Now, onto perfect cubes!  My husband graciously used his geogebra skills to make the images of the cubes for me.  Thanks Shaun!

I also made a sign to hang next to the perfect cubes!

Did you notice that I used the same colors for both sets of posters?  This way, 1 squared and 1 cubed are the same color.  2 squared and 2 cubed are the same color, etc.  (The first time I printed these I got the colors off.  It bugged me so much I had to print another set.)

If you want to download these posters for your classroom, I've uploaded them here as editable Publisher files and non-editable PDF files.  For the Publisher file, you'll also need to download the font HVD Comic Serif Pro or substitute your own favorite font.

If you prefer Clarissa's version with the pre-cut numbering, you can download her files here.

Update 7/28/16: Someone pointed out that my poster for 9 was actually 4x3 instead of 3x3.  Oops!  I've corrected the file and uploaded a new version.  Now, I just have to reprint that one and laminate it.  Guess it's a good thing I haven't hung them up in my classroom yet...

Update 7/28/16: My husband wrote a blog post that includes the Geogebra code to create your own cubes if you so wish.


  1. I really like these. Thanks so much. I love that you share with other teachers free stuff. Grateful!

  2. I totally agree with Bridgette! You have the most amazing blog! Thanks for sharing! : )

  3. Your blog is so amazing. So many great ideas!

  4. I love the square number posters but would like to go all the way to 400 or maybe even 625? Do you have a link for making your own square posters? Thank you!!

  5. Your stuff is amazing! I printed out the perfect squares and now I want to print out the cubes that your husband made but I'm not able to. Can you email them to me? Thank you!!

  6. Printing these off now. Thank you so very much!

  7. Interesting idea to ponder: which perfect cubes are also perfect squares and why?

  8. THANK YOU!!! This is perfect for my 6th grade students to see and visualize what squares and cubes even are!!! Thanks!

  9. Thank you for sharing!! Getting them ready this week for my wall!

  10. Thank you so much!!! Anyway to make the perfect squares up to 15? I've tried to do it, but can only print the numbers...I've never used publisher!

    1. I actually figured it out! Thanks again for creating these...I will be posting them in my room tomorrow!

  11. Thank you so much for creating and sharing! I love this visual and am excited to have them hung up in my classroom. Hopefully my students will like it half as much as I do.

  12. Great idea! Don't know if you have noticed, but 3^2 has 12 squares instead of 9.