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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • D & T

3D shape nets – practical activity

Using 2D nets to make 3D shapes

Make 3D shapes using cube nets then use this understanding to build a 3D pyramid. This activity introduces the concept of making 3D shapes using 2D nets.

Participants use shape nets, to make three-dimensional shapes from two-dimensional images including a cube and pyramid.

Activity info, teachers’ notes and curriculum links

In this series of activities, pupils will learn about nets and wheels and axles. They will combine these technologies to make the base and body for a vehicle made from card. It could be used at Key Stage 1 to introduce nets and develop practical skills.

Tools/resources required

  • Copies of the nets pyramid and nets cube handouts, printed on card, 1 per pupil (plus spares)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks


  • Sticky tape or double-sided sticky tape
  • Pre-made models of each shape, for demonstration (these could be made large size, for example by printing out on A3 card)

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