3D shapes flashcards
Here are some beautiful free PDF pages of 3D shapes flashcards to help with teaching shapes and their names.
3D stands for 3 dimensional. All these shapes have 3 dimensions being height width, and length. They also have faces, edges, and vertices. A face is a flat part of a shape, a vertice is a corner, and an edge is a line segment between two faces.
The shapes included on these picture cards are –
Sheet 1 – Cone, sphere, cube, and tube.
Sheet 2 – Cylinder, torus, ellipsoid, and rectangular prism.
Sheet 3 – Icosahedron, buckyball, dodecahedron, and octahedron.
Sheet 4 – Triangular prism, pentagonal prism, pentagrammic prism, and octagonal prism.
Sheet 5 – Square pyramid, tetrahedron, hexagonal pyramid, and square frustum.
Using the free printable 3D shapes flashcards
Aside from rote learning and flashcard games, you can also use these 3D picture cards for a matching activity. The flashcards are designed so that the pictures and words can be cut into separate pieces. A full set of the cards will give students 40 pieces to match together as correct pairs.
It can also be a good time to introduce prefixes to your class. This will help them identify and remember new vocabulary in the future that share the same prefixes. Some of the numerical prefixes and meanings in this activity are –
Tri = 3, Tetra = 4 = Penta = 5 , Hexa = 6, Octo = 8.
See if your students can think of any words that use these prefixes and explain the meaning of the numbers. For example -A tricycle is a bicycle with 3 wheels. Or, an octopus has 8 legs.
Another thing you can do is to find objects in and around your classroom and school and see if your students can identify their 3D shapes correctly.
If you are looking for a similar shapes pictures activity, have a look at the 72 free printable shape matching game cards. They feature 2D shapes and are perfect for kindergarten and young learners. They not only help with learning shape names but also help with shape and pattern recognition.