Learning 3D Shapes

Comparing a variety of 3D shapes empowers kids to develop spatial reasoning and geometric modeling. Kids may notice, for example, that a square is a ‘slice’ of a cube, or that a circle can’t hold water, but a cylinder can.

These hands-on worksheets are a great way for kids to begin developing engineering skills and learn about three-dimensional shapes, analyze characteristics and properties of geometric shapes.

What skills kids should develop.
Students will enjoy cutting the pre-made shape flash cards, connect shape to real-life objects and create their own flashcards. They will sort the pictures based on attributes, properties and connect them to the real-life objects.

Students encouraged to use a word mats as a reference while working on individual shape. Students will explore seven 3D shapes in several engaging and simple steps. Kids will label the shape, draw their own shape, and count the number of vertices, faces, and edges. They will cut out pictures of the shape and write what shape each real-life object is

Students will perform a 3D shapes experiment. It is a great way for kids to begin developing engineering skills. Kids are asked to indicate whether it’s possible to slide, roll, and/or stack, each of seven 3D shapes. Students write their observations and share them with a partner.

Outdoor Connections
Using the toothpicks and balls of clay (or marshmallows), go outside and ask students to build structures they see outside. They can build their school or even playground. Working in a team, they can build their neighborhood.

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