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Age range: 7-11
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • Maths

Shape up

Making cut-out 3D shapes and counting the number of edges, vertices and faces

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on making 3D shapes from 2D nets and counting the number of edges, vertices and faces on each shape.

Understanding shapes helps us to understand the spaces and objects all around us. In this activity you will learn about common 3D shapes and their different features.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes. They will cut out 2D nets for a cube, pyramid, cylinder and octahedron and fold them into their corresponding 3D shapes. They will then count the number of edges, vertices and faces on each shape.

This activity could be used as a main activity to develop knowledge and understanding of the properties of common 3D shapes, or as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focusing on the properties of 2D shapes, 3D shapes and everyday objects.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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