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Spot 2D Shapes on 3D Solids

In this worksheet, students will identify 2D shapes found on common 3D solids.

'Spot 2D Shapes on 3D Solids' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Geometry: Properties of Shapes

Curriculum subtopic:   Identify 2D with 3D Shapes

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Worksheet Overview

How confident do you feel about 3D shapes?


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Not to worry if you're not too sure, we'll give you lots of help in this activity.


Some common 3D shapes are cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere and triangular prism.


3D shapes are shapes that are solid and not flat. However, some of them do have some flat faces which can come in different shapes.


Look carefully at this triangular prism.


triangular prism


You should be able to spot:

2 triangles, one at each end.


triangular prism


and 3 rectangles between the triangles.


triangular prism


Looking at drawings of 3D shapes can be tricky because we can't see all of the sides and have to try to imagine them instead. Try to picture holding the shape in your hands and turning it around so that you can see all the different parts of it.


In this activity, we are going to look at some 3D shapes and spotting what shape we can see on their faces.


Are you ready to have a go?


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