2D Shapes and 3D Objects

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Looking for a quick activity that helps students understand 2D shapes and 3D objects? This resource explores the differences between 2D and 3D. Suitable for Years 3 and 4.


  • Students explore the characteristics and compare 2D shapes and 3D objects.
  • Another way to help students with understanding, use a Venn diagram and look at the diffences.
  • Assess understanding by using the worksheet so students explore the characteristics of 2D shapes
  • Assess understanding by using the worksheet so students explore the characteristics of 3D objects
  • Label the 3D objects activity
  • Match the 3D object to its characteristics when students start to understand the differences.
  • Create your own 3D object using our cute shape cubies so that students have hands on experience.

Pages 12

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Australian Curriculum

Measurement and Geometry - Shapes ACMMG063

Make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features

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