Identify Nets of Prisms Made Up of Regular Shapes

In this worksheet, students will identify the nets of prisms made from squares, triangles, pentagons and hexagons.

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 just the puzzle for you!

Look at the following 3D shape:

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 prism:

Let's look at another shape now.

Imagine that the following net is folded together:

What would it look like?

a)         b)         c)         d)         e)

Did you choose option d?

This is the only net from these options that can be folded together to make a hexagonal prism, based on a six-sided hexagon 2D shape.

Here are some 3D shapes and their nets:

 Shape Name Image of Shape Net of Shape Square-based pyramid Pentagonal prism Arrow-shaped prism Cuboid Cube

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

Good luck, 3D shape superstar!

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