We have been exploring 3d shapes this week. We tell the children that a 3d shape is a "solid" shape. We went on a shape walk around school looking for 3d shapes and kept a tally of the shapes we found. We then sorted them in a Venn diargram into those that had flat faces, and thosethat had curved faces. We noticed that the cone and the cylinder have both flat and curved faces, so we overlapped the circles and put them in the middle.
Why don't you see what shapes you can find in your house? The 3d shapes we focus on are cubes, cuboids, cones, cylinders, spheres, pyramids and prisms (imagine a toblerone!).
The children like playing games with 2d and 3d shapes, and this "tap a shape" game is very popular in Reception. The children like making their own pictures using wooden shapes, then talking about the shapes they can used and why.
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