If you’re looking for a quick and easy activity for 2D and 3D shapes grab these FREE easy-to-use printables.
Print and laminate for long-term use. Enlarge it if you’d prefer a bigger poster.
As well as making a great poster, try the following ideas.
One-to-one correspondence: Give your child small 2D and 3D shapes for them to match to the shapes in the poster.
Compare and contrast
- Ask your child how many sides and corners in each 2D shape
- Ask them to draw matching 2D shapes but make them bigger or even smaller…it doesn’t matter their size, they are still the same shape
- Learn to draw 3D shapes by copying the lines in the transparent shapes
- Can they put shapes together to create new shapes? Or bigger shapes?
- Look at the 3D shapes in the room. How many corners (vertices) do they have? How many flat surfaces do they have? Can they roll? Can they stack?
- Take the poster around the room and compare the shapes with real objects. Can they find similar shapes? How are 2D shapes different to 3D shapes?
Print each page. Children can cut on the dotted lines and then glue each shape into the correct space. On the 3D page I have included (in brackets) what that kind of shape looks like. So a sphere is like a ball etc.
You may need to chat about real world objects not always being perfect shapes. For example, this die doesn’t have sharp corners and the pot has a handle and is hollowed out to make it useful. The crayon in the poster is like a cylinder with a cone on top.
Have you already downloaded this freebie? If not, you can download this cut-and-paste shapes activity here.
Need more geometry?
You can find a free 2D shapes word wheel to download here.
These pages have come from my Kindergarten Geometry pack … over 150 pages including 32 teacher posters, student printables and mini-books, play dough task cards, shapes to construct transporters, environmental shape hunt book and building new creations from shapes board game.
I wish you happy teaching and learning!