Building with Solid Shapes
This practical NRICH maths activity focuses on the properties of common geometric shapes.
Shapes Using sketches of structures made with solid shapes including cubes, triangular prisms, cones, cuboids, cylinders and tetrahedrons children are asked to decide which are stable and which are not. This helps children begin to understand the various properties of common geometric solid shapes. It also promotes discussion and experimentation concerning their features, and requires them to justify their ideas. Naming the shapes should be a help in discussion and description of what has been done, rather than as an exercise in its own right.
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