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Match 3D Shapes to a Variety of Net Options

In this worksheet, students will identify the nets of different prisms and pyramids.

'Match 3D Shapes to a Variety of Net Options' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 11+ worksheets

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




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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