One Geometry topic that is introduced at a young age and then explored in more complex ways as kids get older is 3D shapes. Obviously, the first thing young mathematicians learn is to simply recognize the shapes, learn their names and discover them in the world around us. As kids get older, it’s important to help them learn and understand polyhedron nets. Understanding what these shapes look like “flat” helps with spatial sense and reasoning and will build a solid foundation for later study of surface area. These simple 3D shapes worksheets can help students make connections and understand 3D shapes and their nets!
Below are a few introductory worksheets on the topic of three dimensional shapes. These can be used in upper elementary or middle school, depending on the level of your students, or as a quick review in a high school Geometry class. I hope you find them helpful!
Included in this download are 3 different practice worksheets. The first is a chart to help students learn the properties of various 3D shapes, as well as compare them and find real life examples.
The second worksheet is a simple matching page to help kids determine the nets (what each shape looks like taken apart and laid flat) of each of the 3D shapes.
The third worksheet is a little more challenging. This page gives various images, and students have to determine whether or not they are the nets of actual polyhedron. This requires the use of spatial reasoning skills and can help them recognize actual nets.
If your kids are having trouble determining the figures, encourage them to cut out a piece of paper and see if they can fold it into a shape, rather than guessing or giving up.
Would you like to have an easy to use set of printable and foldable nets for further polyhedron exploration? Check out these free downloadable nets pages!
Need more 3D Shape resources? Try one of the following:
- 3D shapes printable pack and games
- Create your own 3D shapes with a 3D pen
- Explore Euler’s Formula with “Sir Cumference”
- Understand surface area with this hands on lesson