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Identify Nets of Cubes, Pyramids and Cuboids

In this worksheet, students will identify the nets of cubes, cuboids and pyramids.

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'Identify Nets of Cubes, Pyramids and Cuboids' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Spatial and Non-Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Building Nets

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Welcome net detective, we’ve got a puzzle just for you!

 

Look at the following 3D shape:

 

 

It is a triangular-based pyramid.

If we unfold it, it could look like this:

 

 

 

We call this a net.

 

A net is made of 2D shapes which fold together to make a 3D shape.

 

These nets could also fold together to make a triangular-based pyramid:

 

        

 

 

 

Let's try another now. 

 

Imagine that the following net is folded together:

 

 

What would it look like?

 

a)         b)         c)         d) 

 

Did you choose option d?

 

This is the only net from these options that can be folded together to make a square-based pyramid.

 


 

Here are some common 3D shapes and their nets:

 

Shape Name Image of Shape Image of Net
 Triangular prism
 Cube
 Cuboid
 Cylinder
 Triangular-based pyramid
 Square-based pyramid

 

 

It’s now your turn to visualise folding nets together to see what shape they will make.

 

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Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

If it helps, you can draw the net on a piece of paper and fold it together.

 

Good luck, 3D shape superstar!

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