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  • Shapes have properties to classify them
  • Shapes can move in a plane or space
  • Shapes can be seen from different perspectives

Inquiry Question

Why are 3D shapes important in our world?


Playdough to Plato

Playdough to Plato is an early years blog sharing many hands-on learning tasks across multiple learning areas. The activity, Toothpick STEM Structures allows students to explore and engineer 3D shapes

Link: Toothpick STEM Structures

The Imagination Tree

The Imagination Tree blog is an early years blog sharing many hands-on learning tasks across multiple learning areas. This link takes you to a simple play dough recipe so that learners can make their own 2D and 3D shapes.

Link: Best Ever No Cook Play Dough Recipe

School is a Happy Place

School is a Happy Place is a primary years blog with many play base activities. The Activity, A Visit to the Solid Shapes Museum challenges learners to create a museum of 3D objects in their home and take participants on a tour

Link: A Visit to Solid Shape Museum

ABC Splash

ABC Splash is the educational website for the ABC channel. The short video 2D shapes and 3D objects compares 2D shape and 3D shapes.

Link: 2D and 3D Shapes

Maths Playground

Maths Playground has many online games for shape and geometry.

Link: Maths Playground Geometry Index

Maths Frame

Maths Frame is a UK website. The online game asks learners to identify the properties of 3D shapes.

Link: Identify and Describe 3D Shapes

Teacher Notes

Idea: Design and build you own 3D playground model from recycled materials. Upload and share with your class. Name all the 3D shapes you used.


Teacher Advice: Learners need various and rich experiences with both 2D and 3D shape to develop their ability to identify common shapes, notice relationships among shapes and become aware of the different properties of shapes. Learners should be encouraged to:

  • Sort and classify shapes
  • Identify shapes in their world
  • Construct and dissect shapes
  • Explore tessellation with shapes